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Step Up 2 The Streets (DVD Review)

13 Jul, 2008 By: Anne Sherber

Step Up 2

Street 7/15/08
Box Office $58 million
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13' for language, some suggestive material and brief violence.
Stars Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G. Sevani, Cassie Ventura, Telisha Shaw, Will Kemp.

A rebellious street dancer is given a chance to attend the prestigious Maryland School of the Arts. But she finds it difficult to fit into her new life while maintaining ties to her street roots. When her street dance crew rejects her, she assembles an eclectic band of her new classmates to compete against her old friends in an underground dance battle.

Step Up 2 has no pretensions. The plot, which stretches the concept of “sequel” to the breaking point, is virtually unrelated to the original film except in its right-side-of-the-tracks, wrong-side-of-the-tracks love story. There is a requisite evil authority figure who tries to squelch youthful exuberance and creativity. And there is a troubled home life that must be overcome through the transcendence of dance. But ultimately the storyline is little more than a way to get from one dance sequence to another. And, actually, that's a good thing because the dancing is spectacular. Also great is a soundtrack that includes songs by Missy Elliott, Flo Rida, Scarface and KC.

Although Evigan doesn't really project “street” (her Andie has a liberal sprinkling of preppie mixed in with her gangsta), she is very likable and attractive. Hoffman, as Chase, a big man on the art-school campus, is clean cut but has serious chops when it comes to street dance. And Sevani is charming as the school's techie geek who has hidden talents.

Step Up 2 is really a one-trick pony — a series of dance performances disguised as a movie. But when the dancing is this good, and features such draw-dropping tricks, viewers who are interested in dance will really enjoy it.

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