Gone is the flimsy pretence from Step Up (2006) and Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) that we’re watching a vaguely realistic underdog story about a life-changing contest — this time the heroes hang out in a ludicrous loft-cum-training-academy, one entire wall gleaming with fresh-from-the-factory trainers.
At the entire script, to be honest: “Everyone here knows what it’s like to be a nomad.” It’s kind of like Rent, without the Aids, and with better choreography.
Park—uncredited), Torell Vinson (Hip Hop Dancer—uncredited), Travis Wong (Pirate Tricker #1—uncredited)est friends Moose (Adam G.
Sevani) and Camille (Alyson Stoner) are now attending NYU together.
Although the series’ box office has been slipping, this “all in” reunion (minus Tatum) could reverse the trend ever so slightly.
By this point, the characters have reached an age where dancing for fun doesn’t cut it, so they must find a way to make a living in the famously brutal field, whose humiliating auditions and frequent rejections make for a playful if out-of-sync credits sequence.
That is, in contrast to the recent spate of postproduction 3-D conversions (see The Last Airbender, see Clash of the Titans), this one actually looks good.
The images are vivid, the actors (if you want to call them that) stand out (none of those fuzzy dimensional shadows), and there are cool stereoscopic effects, like the spray from an Icee straw sending a stream of giant, artificially-colored bubbles out into the audience. The bad news: This second sequel in the hit hip-hop series boasts more clichés than you can shake one of those Icee straws at (follow your dream, believe in yourself, it's the journey not the destination, how could you do that to us? Moving from Baltimore, site of the first two Step Ups, to New York, and foisting the first sequel's nebbishy teenage sidekick, Moose (Adam G.
Luke's gang, dubbed the Pirates, is gearing up for the World Jam - an epic dance-off with a cash prize that could help with those pesky mortgage payments, and which would give 'em their moment of So You Think You Can Dance glory.
The Pirates' archenemies: the Samurai, a rival gang of dancers led by the sneering Julien (Joe Slaughter).
Cheryl Alessio (Arcade Player), Christopher Scott (Hair), Kylie Goldstein (Ice Cream Truck Kid), Luis Rosado (Monster), Stephen Boss (Jason), Ruby Feliciano (Mimi), George Alexander (World Jam Dancer), Kendra Andrews (Anala), Monique Dupree (Hip hop girl), Luke Broadlick (Dancer), Joe Slaughter (Julien), Jason Etter (Preppy Kid), Owen J.
Murphy (Engineering Student), Keith Stallworth (Jacob), Chris Kulanusorstit (Dance Battle Spectator), Uzimann (Hot Dog Vendor), Daniel Fainman (The Student (credit only)), Bryan Dechart (Anton), Moe Hindi (Grand Central Passenger), Michael Trobiano (Hipster), Beau Smart, Ashley Sugarman (Dance Battle Spectator), David Brown (Ice Cream Man), Katrina Heiss, Kristen Kress (Backround), Joseph Charles Kaye (House of Germany), Stefanie Paige (College Freshman), Alex Charak (Nerd Student), Celia Alexandra Besore (Still Photographer—uncredited), Peter Conboy (Tourist—uncredited), Stacie Corliss (Natalie’s Friend—uncredited), Adriene Couvillion (Tango Dancer—uncredited), Seth Donavan (NYU Student—uncredited), Nancy Monica Wennberg (Dance Battle Spectator—uncredited), Erica Ford (Dancer—uncredited), Nikita Francois (NYU Student—uncredited), Ashley Fung (Arcade Player—uncredited), Kevin Fung (Arcade Player—uncredited), Stephen Hadeed Jr.