Step Up Revolution



Dance movie is formulaic but boasts some fun sequences.
  • Review Date: July 25, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 120 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's main take-aways are to defend what you believe in and aim high to reach your goals. That said, the flash mob squad at the heart of the film does take pride in breaking laws to get the attention they want on YouTube.

Positive role models

The two leads are both passionate, kind, and driven -- qualities that are admirable in anyone.


A fistfight erupts after a particularly aggressive dance sequence. In one scene, dancers use smoke canisters while wearing gas masks and police vests; it's not violent, but it's eerie/creepy.


Sexy dance moves aplenty, as well as some innuendoes and kissing.


Language includes one "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "oh my God," and "crap."


Labels spotted or mentioned fairly often include Apple, YouTube, Nike, Dell, Cadillac, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, usually beer or wine, in dance clubs and bars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like all of the Step Up films, Step Up Revolution is a fun, fairly harmless trifle (unless you consider fantastic dance sequences featuring skimpily clad dancers dangerous), even though it's not particularly deep or memorable. Tween and teen girls will be drawn to the tale of a good girl who meets an edgy guy and wants to join his dance crew -- you can expect some displays of rebellion, usually in the form of a disruptive flash mob and some graffiti tagging, and plenty of sensual dance moves. There's some social drinking and a bit of swearing ("a--hole," "damn," one "s--t"), too.

What's the story?

Sean (Ryan Guzman) works as a waiter in a high-end Miami hotel -- but his true passion is serving as co-leader of The Mob, an underground dance crew that performs solely at flash mobs that are highly creative ... and usually illegal. In fact, The Mob is feverishly posting flash mob after flash mob online to win $10 million. But then Sean and Emily (Kathryn McCormick), the daughter of Sean's real estate developer boss (Peter Gallagher), meet cute, and they're smitten. Only problem? Emily's dad is planning to do away with Sean's beloved neighborhood to build another money-making mega-complex. Emily joins The Mob, but the rest of Sean's crew don't know her real identity. If they find out, it could be a disaster.

Is it any good?


STEP UP REVOLUTION is far from revolutionary. It's so paint-by-numbers, so bland, that it poses no danger of being a cultural phenomenon. But, boy, is it fun when the dance numbers hit all the right moves, and many of them do. The fedora dance is particularly incendiary.

But dance movies rarely, if ever, become must-sees. (Dirty Dancing is a rare exception.) You hardly remember the main characters, let alone the storyline. Step Up Revolution is no different. The dialogue is cheese ball, the plot threadbare. The stars are only passable actors. That said, they are amazing dancers, especially McCormick. (Enough other alums of the TV series So You Think You Can Dance make appearances here that it feels kind of like a reunion.) And they do make you feel like dancing. In the large scheme of things, that's not such a bad way to measure success.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Step Up Revolution's messages -- standing up for what you believe in and aiming high with your goals. How does it convey these messages?

  • Why do you think the crew becomes more brazen with each flash mob? How do you feel about becoming a consumer of videos made specifically to get clicks, regardless of content?

  • Given the crew's presumably honorable motivations, can their law-breaking be excused?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 27, 2012
DVD release date:November 27, 2012
Cast:Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Stephen Boss
Director:Scott Speer
Studio:Summit Entertainment
Topics:Arts and dance
Run time:120 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some suggestive dancing and language

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Kid, 9 years old July 28, 2012

good movie

5 out of 5 stars but 9 out of 10 stars I DO NOT RECCOMEND AGES 8 OUR UNDER
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byretireat70 July 27, 2012

Nice clean movie for a change, no sex, no drugs and AMAZING dancing.

I thought it was one of the cleaner movies I have seen in a long time. The main characters fall in love but only kiss. Although their duet dance number is very sensual it does not lead to them do anything but a kiss. The story line has definitely been done, good vs. evil, good wins. I thought it was a nice entertaining movie. The dancing was amazing.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old July 30, 2012

Movie of the year

Its a good movie saying that you should stand up for what you believe in, but there is a boundry.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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