Step Up: All In
By Sandie Angulo Chen,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Terrific dance sequences make up for subpar acting, plot.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The life of a dancer is difficult but rewarding, and friends should watch out for one another, not let differences grow into resentment.
Positive Role Models
Andie and Moose teach Sean that dancing should be more than a money-making endeavor; they also make it clear that they value friendship and family more than competition and dance contracts.
Violence & Scariness
Some pushing and shoving, a bar room brawl, and several harmless dance battles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual tension between two of the dancers, who finally share a big kiss at the end of the movie. Another set of dancers are an established couple who live together and kiss a few times. A few other couples kiss as well.
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One "f--king," plus occasional use of "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "d--k," "douchebag," "bastard," etc.
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Products & Purchases
VH1 is heavily featured as the cable network that's sponsoring the competition. Other brands featured include Adidas, Nike, Range Rover, Google, and many Las Vegas hotels.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The dancers, who all look to be in their early to mid 20s, drink socially and -- in one case -- get a bit tipsy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Step Up: All In -- the fifth installment in the popular dance-flick franchise -- stars several leads from the previous movies (think of it as Step Up: All Stars). Like the other Step Up movies, there's a little bit of romance and a whole lot of over-the-top dance sequences. Most audiences by now understand that these movies aren't known for their performances or plot lines but for the dancing; this one has the added bonus of featuring some fan favorites from the past few films. This franchise targets tweens and teens, particularly those interested in hip-hop and dance crews. Expect some swearing (one "f--king," plus "s--t," "d--k," etc.), social drinking by young adults (once to the point of tipsiness), kissing/sexual tension, pushing/shoving, and a healthy dose of product placement.
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I really like it it gives a positive message and it’s about dance and really good movie
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What's the Story?
STEP UP: ALL IN starts off following Sean (Ryan Guzman) and his Miami dance crew, "The Mob," as they futilely attempt to secure dance jobs in Los Angeles six months after their last big gig -- a Nike commercial that paid $50,000. Ultimately the crew decides to go back to Miami minus Sean, who's determined to make his dreams come true. Moose's (Adam G. Sevani) grandparents give the down-and-out Sean a job at their dance studio -- but as a handyman, not an instructor. Desperate for another big break, Sean finds out about "Vortex" -- a VH1-sponsored dance competition in Las Vegas -- and convinces Moose to start a new crew. Together, Sean and Moose track down some former Step Up dancers -- most notably Andie (Briana Evigan) -- to join them, and their LMNTRIX crew secures a chance to win a much-coveted three-year dance contract at Vortex. Unfortunately for Sean, the competition includes his old hometown crew.
Is It Any Good?
The fun here is all in the dancing. The truth is that no one should see any of the Step Up movies (with the exception of perhaps the first one, which now has the novelty of starring young Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan) expecting nuanced acting or a touching plot. Every single one involves an underdog group of dancers (or couple) trying to dance beyond people's expectations at a competition that could change their lives. But, as poorly acted movies go, at least this franchise has some pretty spectacular dance sequences, in both rehearsal scenes and the big competition acts.
In addition to the dances, the fifth installment provides the added value of starring a Who's Who of former Step Up performers, and it's genuinely fun to see them dance together, particularly the charming Moose, the tough-but-vulnerable choreographer Andie (who looks and sounds like Demi Moore's little sister), and supporting crew members like the Santiago twins. But save yourself the service charge and see it in 2D, because the 3D action is negligible and unnecessary to enjoy the choreographed scenes.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the continued popularity of the Step Up movies. What makes them so compelling? Are you interested in more?
Some of the characters are obviously played by dancers who aren't trained actors; do you think the dancing scenes are more important than the acting scenes?
What is the movie's message about life in the arts, particularly dance? Is it an easy life or a hard one?
- In theaters: August 8, 2014
- On DVD or streaming: November 4, 2014
- Cast: Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman
- Director: Trish Sie
- Inclusion Information: Pansexual actors, Latinx actors
- Studio: Summit Entertainment
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Friendship
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: some language and suggestive material
- Last updated: December 1, 2022
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