Groove is an unpolished love letter to raves and ravers alike. Through it's winding narrative, the film carefully balances the positive side of love and unity through music with the realities of drug use and sketchy characters at raves. From the moment the film starts at the pre-rave warehouse, you're taken into a subculture that reveres its music of choice and accepts its substance abuse as normal.
The direction of the film goes from subplot to subplot, often interweaving but never confusing. Along the lines of a postcard, the stories tell the human side against the backdrop of many shots just devoted to people dancing and having fun. Some performances from the main characters were too cliché and underdone for their themes, but on the whole Groove feels real: to those who have been all-nighters and to those who still rave, everyone in the movie is someone you've met along the journey of raving.
Groove had great cinematography and really pulled me into the rave atmosphere, but some of the direction and dialogue was unrealistic. Nevertheless, I suggest renting it. A good subculture flick with enough substance not to leave a bad aftertaste.