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Following other indie films about the kinetic, drug-saturated rave culture such as Go (1999) and Human Traffic (1999) comes this ensemble movie, set in San Francisco. At the film's opening, the main characters are introduced at breakneck speed, including Leyla (Lola Glaudini) who recently arrived from New York, Neo-hippie Harmony (MacKenzie Firgens), who is celebrating her birthday with her boyfriend Colin (Denny Kirkwood), and Colin's nerdy brother David (Hamish Linklater), who would much rather read than rave. As the film charts David's first taste of chemically-induced ecstasy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If this movie achieves anything, it makes you realize how dull parties really are."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"What's infectious about Groove is the friendly, almost innocent way that its brat pack of digital-age bohemians seek liberation in a world where there is nothing left to rebel against."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A Frankie and Annette picture for the rave crowd."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The fresh-faced cast of newcomers and edgy, restless camerawork make up for the script's inherent predictability."
‑ Neil Smith,
"Harrison is too serious about this milieu; he seems to be making the suggestion that kids really have found party nirvana this time."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
"A little bland, but it puts you in the mood to forgive it: relaxed and mellow and accepting."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Like drug movies from the 1960s, it's naive, believing that the problems of the straight life can be solved by dropping out and tuning in."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"anything but a cautionary expose. In fact, it's almost an urban fairy tale."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Features plenty of blaring and thumping techno-pop tunes, but not much else."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"Offers a look at the underground rave scene, providing an accurate picture of what one night must be like, but without giving any insight beyond the superficial."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Manages to both capture the spirit of a counterculture and reflect on the essentially conventional lives of those who lose themselves in the buzz."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Harrison's eye for detail paints a fairly vivid slice-of-life picture."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A movie for those in love with the rave scene, and those who are just curious."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The film's cast does little to offset Harrison's insecurity behind the camera."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Harrison has devised a series of mini-dramas which he inserts, in intercut fashion, within the overall structure of the rave, and it's here that his effort fizzles."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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