By Tracy Moore,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sexier dance sequel light on plot but heavy on dancing.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Discipline; hard work; ambition; trust; creativity. Some stereotypes about Latin culture and dance.
Positive Role Models
Ash and Eva are largely simplistic but portrayed as driven, ambitious, loyal, and hardworking dancers. Uncle Manu is loyal and devoted to Eva and will do anything to protect her.
Violence & Scariness
A guy is thrown out of a club onto the ground.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sensuality in dancing, which is very erotic; men ogle women in thong bikinis; heavy kissing, couple removes some layers of clothing, then cuts to them in bed, implying intercourse.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinks at a club. Man smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that StreetDance 2 follows a competitive street dance team competing for a European prize. It's the sequel to StreetDance but with all new characters. It's a sexier version of the original, featuring more erotic dancing and overt sexuality, in part drawing on stereotypes about Latin women dancers. There's some light drinking in a club, implied intercourse, and a brief instance of profanity ("ass"). Characters are not particularly well-developed, but the film is loaded with fun dance moves. However, the constant focus on sensual dancing gives this sequel a bit more of a mature vibe. Best for teens interested in dancing.
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What's the Story?
Street dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel) missed his chance to join street crew Invincible when he choked at his audition. To prove himself, he decides to recruit the best dancers from around the world to form his own crew to compete in the big European dance competition. He soon finds an ideal partner in Latin dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella), but he learns that recruiting her, and understanding the different style she brings to the table, will be more challenging than he expected.
Is It Any Good?
STREETDANCE 2 offers a lot of the same fun dance moves and competitive scenes as StreetDance, but it feels more mature because of its focus on the steamy sensuality of Latin dancing. The pace is a little slower, and the plot feels even more formulaic, in large part due to the filler stereotypes about Latin women and culture. Here interloper Ash must prove himself by learning how to dance more seductively, get in touch with his sensuality, and even eat really spicy peppers. The result is a needlessly sexualized take on something that had a much broader appeal when it was just about fun dancing.
Best for slightly older teens who are already into dance and not looking for a strong plot.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the Latin stereotypes here. How does it portray Latin dancing and particularly Latinas? Does it work to dispel those notions or reinforce them? How?
What is the role of class in the movie? How does it factor into these dancers' lives and desire to win?
How does this film compare to other dance movies you've seen?
- In theaters: March 29, 2012
- On DVD or streaming: February 4, 2014
- Cast: Sofia Boutella, Falk Hentschel
- Director: Dania Pasquini
- Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors
- Studio: Phase 4 Films
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- Run time: 85 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: May 23, 2023
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