Watching “Step Up 2 The Streets” was like being sucked into a never-ending wormhole of several decades of repetitive dance movies thrown into a blender. The end result is a mishmash of familiar clichés resulting in a laughably bad movie.
“Step Up” star Tyler Channing appears briefly to set up this sequel and his early departure should have been a sign that it was time for the audience to also “step off.”
What he leaves us with is the overly familiar story about a break dancing outsider, Andie (Briana Evigan) trying to fit into an elite Baltimore Arts School. Dancing with hottest “crew” in the area, the 4-1-0, Andie’s new school responsibilities rub crew leader, Tuck (Black Thomas) the wrong way. After being booted out of the 4-1-0, Andie hooks up with a group of misfits to form a new crew that ultimately must battle her old crew for break dance supremacy – on the streets!
This movie rips off so many other movies, it’s hard to keep count. “Saturday Night Fever,” “Footloose,” “Beat Street,” “Breakin’,” “You Got Served,” “Save The Last Dance” – you get the idea.
To make matters worst, the film strips the Black and Latin influences from the film’s cast showing the culture in a less than credible way. It’s finale is utterly ridiculous and just gives the filmmakers a chance to show dance choreography in the rain. We never see our protagonist even remotely practice the steps used less more can believe their execution. On a personal note, haven’t we been watching break dance movies since the 1980s? At what point will Hollywood find a new dance craze to film?
The film also commits the ultimate sin – it’s dance steps aren’t even hot!
What you’re left with is a utterly forgettable film that doesn’t make you move and leaves you feeling like YOU got served – again!