Stomp the Yard: Homecoming

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Direct-to-DVD sequel lacks spark but is fine for teens.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 88 minutes

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age 18+
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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Owning up to mistakes and taking responsibility for our actions are essential parts of growing up. Even fierce competitors can unite when confronted with a common enemy. The importance of education is emphasized.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lead character's motives are righteous, even though he makes some mistakes. Chance values his family, education, and his friends, and learns a hard lesson about integrity and selflessness. Chance's father is supportive, responsible, and caring. He, too, learns a hard lesson about letting his son find his own way.

Violence

There are a number of hard punches thrown in a fistfight; two brawls in which young men are punched, kicked, pushed to the ground; a waitress threatened as a restaurant is vandalized; gun shots are fired to break up a fight. Street hoodlums menace the hero on several occasions.

Sex

Multiple scenes show sexy dancing, including some "bumping and grinding." Some romantic kisses occur between boyfriend and girlfriend. There is one sequence in which a young woman tries to seduce the hero with some heavy kissing, embracing, and begins to undress him. That ends abruptly when he calls it off.

Language

Mild infrequent swearing: "damn," "hell," "ass, "s--t." One middle finger gesture.

Consumerism

One instance each of: Coca Cola, Lay's chips, and Sprite.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few scenes show college students holding what appears to be beer bottles and unidentifiable plastic cups. No on-camera drinking. No smoking or drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that for a lightweight film about young people in a college setting and/or in the world of hip-hop music, this one has little objectionable material. The main characters strive for excellence, have high moral standards, or pay the consequences and learn important lessons. In scenes with some threatening street toughs, as well as during several fistfights and brawls, there are lots of harsh punches thrown but few injuries. There's one passionate make-out scene (curiously intercut with the vandalism of a restaurant), but it's without explicit sexuality, and there's no nudity. The cursing is infrequent and mild: "ass," "damn," "s--t," and there's one middle finger salute.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byParentoasis July 16, 2012

no no no!

it is NOT for kids, especially the sex scene, and the fight at the start. that made my son CRY. he was so scared! his 9...

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What's the story?

The National Step-Off dance competition is only days away at Truth University, a fictional African-American university in Atlanta. Chance Harris (Collins Pennie), back in school after an emotional withdrawal following the death of his mother, desperately wants to help his fraternity win the contest, which offers full scholarships to everyone on the victorious dance team. But Chance has been the victim of a scam and owes money to some very bad people. Further complications involve a long-standing rivalry with some other frat boys, an old girlfriend threatening his current relationship, and his father's disapproval of his passion for dance. There's lots of urban music and dance to move the story along, and Chance is faced with some difficult choices that lead him to examine the meaning of both integrity and self-respect. Columbus Short, from the original Stomp the Yard, returns in a cameo as an inspirational mentor to Chance and his friends.

Is it any good?

Though earnest in its efforts, the movie falls short of the energy and fun exhibited in Stomp the Yard. (Hoping to capitalize on the box office success of that earlier film, this sequel has been released directly to DVD.) The story is predictable, unoriginal, and without depth. With few exceptions the performances, editing, and production values are barely passable. There are a very few exhilarating dance sequences, but most of the musical numbers look amateurish, partly because the director is hamstrung by having a lead actor who is not really a dancer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not this movie feels like a sequel. What about it, other than the title, makes it (or doesn't make it) a sequel to Stomp the Yard? Is there any continuation of the old story?  Of the characters?

  • Dancing is an important part of this story.  What other movies have you seen in which the music or dancing moves the plot along?

  • Chance makes some very bad choices early in the film. What are the consequences of his actions?  What are some of the consequences of choices you've made?

  • Neither Chance nor his dad are bad people when we meet them, yet together they don't connect. What specific events help them remake their relationship?

Movie details

For kids who love to dance

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