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Disney Tackles In-Line Skating

Brink! is a 1998 Disney Channel Original Movie. It stars Erik von Detten as Andy "Brink" Brinkley, the leader of a rag-tag group of skaters who skate for fun. Their main antagonists are the X Bladz, a group led by Val (Sam Horrigan) who are sponsored and skate for money. The big showdown at the end is of course a skate tournament to prove which group is the better group.

Also stars Christina Vidal as Gabriella. Considered one of the better Disney Channel original movies from the late 90's alongside The Luck of the Irish and Smart House.


This telefilm contains examples of:

  • Cheerful Child: Andy is very much a teenager version of this, bordering on a male Genki variation. His father notes he shouldn't be that happy all the time.
  • Crippling the Competition: Val does this to Gabriella despite Andy trying to warn her beforehand.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Another staple of 90's movies but the movie does a good job giving enough of a background to the characters that it doesn't come off as cheesy or a surprise.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Brink starts to suffer from this in trying to support his friends while also supporting his Dad and family financially.
  • Hollywood Economics: A plot point because Andy's decision to skate for money as his father loses his job and the family needs a source of income. Despite that, the home is pretty impressive for what's perceived as a possibly lower middle class income family.
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  • I Ate WHAT?!: Andy and his friends trick Val into eating a sandwich with worms in it.
  • Only in It for the Money: The X Bladz team and for a brief period, Andy opts for this attitude in regards to skating.
  • Product Placement: A staple in extreme sports and is utilized when the good guys get sponsored by a local dog grooming place for the big tournament at the end.
  • Regretful Traitor: Andy starts towards this when his friends find out he's joined the X Bladz but it comes full force after Gabriella gets injured.
  • Rollerblade Good: It's clear that both groups tend to use this method when going to school in the morning.
  • Rousing Speech: Not quite a rousing speech but Andy goes to his family in the stands and gets inspiration from his sister Katie to, "Skate better."
  • Slimeball: The manager of the X Bladz is intended as this.
  • The '90s: And boy does it revel in a lot of classic 90s era cliches and tropes.
  • Tom Boy: Gabriella has this in spades including a scene where she's forced to wear a dress for the first day of school.
  • Unconfessed Unemployment: Averted when Andy's father loses his job, tells Andy, and Andy decides to start skating for money to help the family out.
  • Villain Has a Point: While Val and his group are jerks, their ability to skate for money and accept sponsorship is treated as a bad thing in the film whereas it's a necessity in professional in-line skating.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Andy's friends are pretty quick to accept him back into the circle by the end of the movie.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Andy's Dad expresses this towards Andy at one point telling Katie that, "You're the future of this family."


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