Step Up Revolution

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Dance movie is formulaic but boasts some fun sequences.
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 120 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 13 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycruisercat May 19, 2013

Steppin' Up On The Right Track...

The dancing in this film is great; it especially keeps the kids engaged in watching the movie throughout >> a winner in "my book."
Adult Written byShivom Oza August 25, 2012

Must Watch For The Dance Aficionados! - Shivom Oza

The fourth film in the ‘Step Up’ franchise is quite different from the previous films. Firstly, there is no competition among two rival dance groups (thankfully... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 March 5, 2020

For those who love doing hardcore hip hop

Step 4 or Step Up: Revolution is the fourth instalment of the dancing movie franchise. Many awesome sequences bringing back a few previous dancers(from previous... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDorotea Dukovac August 21, 2014


I have watched all Step up movies and i think this is the best.

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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