You Got Served

  • Review Date: May 19, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dubious plot and characters, good dancing.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Character is a drug dealer.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 30, 2004
DVD release date:May 18, 2004
Cast:Jennifer Freeman, Marques Houston, Omarion Grandberry
Director:Chris Stokes
Studio:Screen Gems
Genre:Drama
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:thematic elements and sexual references

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDrzNena914 April 9, 2008
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Teen, 13 years old Written bybgirl Missy August 29, 2011
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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 other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byspot6000 April 9, 2008
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This movie isnt that bad, come on people, are you really that strict with your kids? There is some violence and involves some drugs but it isnt really that bad.

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