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UPDATED August 28, 2003
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(2003), PG-13 -- Not necessarily a "hardcore" R-13 ...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 900 Films, Asphalt Productions, Gaylord Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros.
Director(s): Casey La Scala
Producer(s): E.K. Gaylord, Bill Gerber, Casey La Scala, Hunt Lowry, Betsy Mackey, Patty Reed, Lance Sloane, Morgan Stone
Written by/Screenplay: Ralph Sall
Cinematography/Camera: Richard Crudo
Film Editing: Eric Strand
Casting: Nancy Nayor
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Viewed At: United Artists - Hulen 10
Extreme Days, another pea from this genre pod, stays well above the belt and stays out of the verbal gutter. *Grind* does not.
Eric Rivers' (Mike Vogel) only focus in life is to make it big in skateboarding. His goal for this summer is to be seen by skateboarding master Jimmy Wilson in hopes of garnering sponsors from such exposure. Confident he is good enough to merit sponsorship and the fame and notoriety that goes with it, Eric drags three of his friends on a cross-country trip chasing after Jimmy Wilson.
Eric's three friends are the adult womanizer Sweet Lou (Joey Kern) who brags constantly of his sexual prowess and his powers of seduction, even with high school girls; attitudinally challenged Matt Jensen (Vince Vieluf) who has nothing respectful to say to anyone [Isa. 2:17; 13:11]; mental Dustin Knight (Adam Brody) is the only one of the group which appears to be college-bound but only after a licentious fling with Eric for the summer.
Oddly enough, after watching a few "Real TV" episodes presenting skateboarders busting faces and pelvic matter, *Grind* was rather tame and almost responsible except for a few instances of rudeness while skateboarding. But other matters of ignominy such as rampant sexual immorality [Gal. 5:19] and foul language slowly and surely sucked *Grind* into the quicksand of vulgarity as the fatal slush lapped ever upward to engulf the face of this movie. It is an R-13. Not necessarily a "hardcore" R-13 with a score of 52 out of 100, but an R-13 nonetheless, largely due to the zero scores in the Impudence/Hate and Sexual Immorality investigation areas.
There are a couple good things to say about this film such as Matt turning into the Prodigal son [Luke 15:10] and returning to his parents for help and then openly showing his gratitude and love for them, but I will leave discovery of the positive features (and there are a couple others) of this film to you should you decide the revelations in the Findings/Scoring section are not offensive enough to warrant staying away from this film. as I said many times, it is not my job to tell you what is and is not right for your family. I just tell you what is there so you can be in a better position to make an informed decision and I apply God's Word to noted behaviors for your consideration.
In keeping with our efforts to reduce costs, I am going to end the discussion of the film here and leave the rest to the Findings/Scoring section which is not reduced in any way by our efforts to reduce costs. When we receive full funding or at least approach full funding we will resume more detailed coverage in the Summary/Commentary section.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|