A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Strong, loyal, capable African-American characters.
Violence & Scariness
Character gets beat up, character killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A brother tells his sister she is acting like a "ho" because she is out on a date.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character is a drug dealer.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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