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.
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.
- 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."