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Set during the course of a single evening centering on an illegal rave thrown in a San Francisco warehouse, Greg Harrison's exuberant film is really more a snapshot of the PLUR culture than a real story, but that doesn't matter in the least. Anyone who has attended any club or rave event since the Ecstasy revolution began will recognize all of the characters here: the guy whose roll doesn't start until he leaves, the over-enthusiastic candyraver, the amateur chemist, the smarmy would-be gigolo, the nervous, young DJ, the amateur philosopher, the guys who can never find the party,… 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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