You Got Served

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
You Got Served Movie Poster Image
Dubious plot and characters, good dancing.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong, loyal, capable African-American characters.

Violence

Character gets beat up, character killed.

Sex

A brother tells his sister she is acting like a "ho" because she is out on a date.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character is a drug dealer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language. A brother tells his sister she is acting like a "ho" because she is out on a date. Characters deliver packages for a man who is apparently a drug dealer and there is always a strong sense of the pull of thug life. A child is shot and killed (off camera). The main characters are in general responsible, respectful, and devoted to their families. One female character is committed to education and plans to become a doctor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRas maud August 14, 2015
Adult Written byLollipopGirl February 25, 2009

good

GOOD VERY GOOD MOVIE
Teen, 16 years old Written byDrzNena914 April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bybgirl Missy August 29, 2011

Ok movie, but not that great. A bit dissapointing

The dancing is great, but there are a lot of talk of drugs. :/ This movie was how Robert Hoffman (step up 2) became famous.

What's the story?

Best friends Elgin (Marques Houston of IMX) and David (Omari Grandberry) are the neighborhood's top street-dancing "crew." They compete with other crews at a local warehouse presided over by the fatherly Mr. Rad (Steve Harvey). Trouble arrives when a crew from another part of town comes to Mr. Rad's place and out-dances them. And soon the friends are feuding because David likes Elgin's sister Liyah (Jennifer Nicole Freeman). David was with Liyah when he was supposed to help Elgin make a delivery for bad guy Emerald (Michael "Bear" Taliferro). Because Elgin was alone, he was badly beaten by thugs who stole Emerald's delivery package. Emerald expects Elgin to replace the money that was stolen. And as it happens, they learn there is a dance contest with a $50,000 prize and the chance to appear in a Lil Kim video.

Is it any good?

The dance numbers are good (if now always optimally filmed), with lots of shaking and fierce attitude, and the story doesn't get in the way of the dancing too much. Fans of hip-hop groups B2K and IMX will enjoy seeing those performers as well as a guest appearance by Lil Kim. eagan Good, as Liyah's wisecracking best friend, is as much fun as the best of the dance numbers.

This would be mindless but enjoyably cheesy cinema fluff if it did not cross the line into the category of the unforgivable by using the murder of a child as a plot contrivance. That is a complete violation of the core premise of a movie like this one, which is that if you will offer 90 minutes of your life, it will provide something reasonably entertaining. Other than that one jarringly misbegotten detour, the movie is exactly what you would expect from a Hollywood fantasy about a street dance competition.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the dance crews are so important to the characters and how they determine who is the best.

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