Step Up 2 the Streets Movie Poster Image

Step Up 2 the Streets

(i)

 

Electrifying dance elevates an almost boring film.
Popular with kids
  • Review Date: February 15, 2008
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Andie lies to her guardian about her whereabouts, and she's betrayed, even victimized, by her old friends. Still, one of them realizes the error of her ways and helps her. And her new crew is supportive and helpful. One character is so enraged by Andie's perceived disloyalty that he beats up her new paramour/dance partner.

Violence

Only one truly violent scene, but quite visceral: A teen gets beaten up by his dance enemies and is choked, thrown, punched, and kicked in a rage-filled moment.

Sex

Pretty mild for the dance-movie genre. Some suggestive dance moves (all in good, clean fun, though). Lots of flirtations but no sex scenes. Two couples kiss, one quickly, the other slowly and somewhat passionately.

Language

Fairly clean, except for rare use of "titties," "ass," and "damn." As an insult, the words "tuck you" are written on a character's stomach.

Consumerism

Very little: A Run DMC poster is visible, and one character wears a Yankees cap.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A bit character takes a swig from what appears to be beer, then pours it over his head.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dance movie targeting teens -- especially fans of the original Step Up -- is age-appropriate for older tweens. There's little sexual material, swearing, or violence.

What's the story?

Orphaned and threatened by her guardian to be sent away for hanging with 401, a crew that attacks subway trains with hip-hop dance pranks, Andie (the charismatic Briana Evigan) gets a reprieve when she's admitted to the esteemed Maryland School of the Arts in Baltimore. But juggling the demands of street dancing and classes proves far too difficult, and she gets kicked out of 401. It's the only family she knows, and she loves the thrill of street dancing. So Andie, convinced by phenomenal dancer and classmate, Chase (Robert Hoffman), forms her own crew comprised of the school's misfits. They may be outsiders at MSA, but on the dance floor, they have mad skills. And the group's determined to battle it out with Andie's old gang for supremacy on the streets.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The paint-by-numbers plot won't win any awards, but STEP UP 2 THE STREETS delivers electrifying dance performances set to an infectious soundtrack. (T-Pain's groove-inducing "Low" is pitch-perfect.) And it's hard to argue with the feel-good conclusion that favors the message of unity over a more typical, schmaltzy love-story ending. Plus, the cast is fantastic, especially Adam Sevani as Moose, Andie's newfound friend at MSA. Also look for heartthrob Channing Tatum from the original Step Up, who gives a small but impressive show at a club.

Director Jon M. Chu wisely lets the dancing speak for itself -- the acting and the story aren't bad, but are hardly memorable -- by giving the dancers room to impress; There's no heavy-handed editing here, no quick-cut overload. The result: Entertainment that's light on depth but heavy on fun -- and full of mesmerizing dance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why dance is so important to Andie, who appears to have had a difficult childhood (though we don't get many details about it). How does it allow her to grow and learn? What sense of satisfaction does she get out of competing in the streets?

  • Why do you think dance movies are so popular?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 14, 2008
DVD release date:July 14, 2008
Cast:Adam Sevani, Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman
Director:Jon M. Chu
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Genre:Musical
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, some suggestive material and brief violence.

This review of Step Up 2 the Streets was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 13 years old Written byFlamingskullroxy13 February 1, 2009

This movie is BEASTIN!!!!!!!!

I absolutley loveed this movie,i watch it every day. Me, Tuck and Moose we hang out!!!! They are awesome!!!!!There was not bad languge, sexuality or a bad message. GO MOOSE!!!
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Cute but Predictable

I loved the first movie and couldn't wait til the 2nd one came out but it was a dissapointment. It was very predictable. Everything in this movie is not that bad so I would say Pause for 9 and On for 11. the onl yiffy content is some language (not very bad) and some violence (not horrible). But let your 9 year old watch it with the older sibling it's ok.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMissE326 April 9, 2008

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?