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Revisiting Disney Channel's 'Brink!', 23 Years Later

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Revisiting Disney Channel's 'Brink!', 23 Years Later

With my viewing schedule already crammed and overflowing with so much new Fall TV programming, I naturally thought to myself, “Now is the perfect time to rewatch Disney Channel Original Movies from 1998,” and I must tell you – I don’t regret a second of it.

I settled on Brink, currently available on Disney+. Although it satisfies the visual sweet tooth with the eye candy of our teenage dreams, Erik Von Detten, Brink is not a movie that made its way into my DCOM rotation as a child. I’ll be honest: it was too male-driven and sporty for this 13-year-old theater lover in charge of the remote.

But it's 2021 now, and I'm open to new experiences.

Since this is a teen movie from the late '90s, we start the way they all did: a montage of things scattered around the main character’s room to quickly inform us of his values and passions. In Andy “Brink” Brinker’s case, it’s roller blading.

The montage is cut short to showcase another cliched '90s movie opening as Brink rushes through the kitchen, informing his mother that he doesn’t have time for breakfast. He squeezes chocolate syrup in his mouth and heads out. Not even time for mouth-mixed chocolate milk? Just the syrup? Brink is cutting some major corners to save time here.

It’s the last day of summer vacation, and Brink meets up with his skating crew, Peter, Jordy, and Gabby. They’re “soul skaters,” and for those not familiar with skater lingo, it means they skate from their soul. Comparatively, the XBladz, a group of sponsored skaters, are also practicing at the same park. As Val, their captain states, “we get the newest gear, our picture is in every skating magazine, and we make a lot of money.”

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