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"B2" (as we C.B.D.R.T. members like to call it) tells the story of Turbo (aka "Boogaloo Shrimp"), Ozone (aka "'Shabba-Doo") and their street-lingo challenged friend, Kelly. When they find out that Miracles (the local youth center) is about to be shut down by evil businessmen, they decide to take matters into their own hands... and heads... and backs... and can't-stop-till-you've-had-enough beat-shuffling feet.
The talent of the dancers in this movie is undeniable, and the fact that they hold their own in the acting department, as well -- speaks volumes. Some might consider this movie to be horribly dated and even preposterous, but for those of us that have ever break danced in the street for a meal, you know that there is nothing preposterous about it. If you want something bad enough, you'll do everything you can to get it.
Yes, even break dancing to prevent bulldozers from knocking down your neighborhood youth center.
Break dancing may have been a short-lived fad, but like all good things, the time will come when it will be part of the mainstream again. And I'm sure I speak for all three members of the C.B.D.R.T. when I say the resurrection can't come soon enough.
This movie is for anybody that has ever underestimated the power of break dancing. Turbo, Ozone and Kelly are an inspiration to us all.
Look for a cameo by Martika, from "Kids Incorporated" fame.
Try it - it's fun.
Fast forward an amount of time (we are never told how much time has passed) and we find that our trio has parted ways. Kelly is now an in-demand Broadway star and Ozone and Turbo are back home volunteering at their community recreation center. Once again, Kelly tires of her life and heads back to the street to see Ozone and Turbo. Eventually, the three of them put together a dance show they hope will save the community center from being demolished to make room for a new shopping center.
"Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" was released just 7 months after the first movie. Unfortunately, that short time span shows in this sequel.
Like the original "Breakin'" movie, "Electric Boogaloo" is full of 80s style dancing, mainly break dancing as well as poppin' and lockin'. And also like the original, this movie shines brightest when the focus is on the dancing.
Unfortunately for the movie, and for us, the plot line was expanded this time around. The writing has an awkward feel to it. Every time the dancing pulls you into the movie, the lines that are uttered pull you right back out. In addition, the increased plot highlights the acting inexperience of the stars.
If I was to base the rating for Breakin' 2 only on the plot, writing, and acting, it would only receive one-star. However, once again the dancing is the main star of the show. And if I was to base the rating only on the dancing, it would receive five-stars (it's really that good). So a good compromise is in order here, hence the three-star rating.
For me, these were the days that I wanted to see a movie more than once ... not because I needed to catch the hidden meanings or because I thought the action scenes were amazing (i.e. the Matrix), but because I thought the main character(s) were CUTE and I LOVED the music! Priorities, right?!?
You can read the film description and other reviews to find out the plot. What I can tell you is that this movie, despite being corny at times (I can admit that now), is a wonderful walk down memory lane. In addition to the breaking, popping and locking around which the stories revolved, the Breakin' films introduced us to some up-and-coming celebrities (e.g. rapper/actor Ice-T) and some of the best music still being played in dance clubs everywhere. House music/techno fan alert -- the song "Din Dah Dah" is prominently played in Breakin' 2. (Any club DJs out there ... where can I get that song???)
I was, and continue to be, a die hard Breakin' fan ... proud to put my full name on this review! I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who just wants to relax and have a good time (whether you want to reminisce about the 80s or not)! If you are looking for serious cinema, this DVD is probably not for you.
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brings back some good memories then I realized what we thought was cool back then omg lock up that DVD.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked this movie when I was a kid and now when I watch it reminds me of the 80's and being a kidPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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