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on August 28, 2016
I can't decide if I like these characters better than the first ones. The lead actors just didn't have the chemistry that the other 2 had. However, the dancing in this one is absolutely AMAZING! The water effects are great, the music is on point, and the dancing is absolutely amazing(I said twice because it's that good)! The story line seems forced, but frankly, I was watching it for the dancing, so, I wasn't paying that close attention to whatever they were on about.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 12, 2008
STEP UP 2: THE STREETS, man, it's a clumsy film title and hearing it probably won't make you catch your breath in anticipation. But hold up. This is a pretty good musical drama. It's also a sequel to Step Up (Widescreen Edition), the 2006 Channing Tatum/Jenna Dewan surpriser which made enough duckets in the box office so that, now, we get a return visit to the prestigious Maryland School of the Arts.

A wave of public disturbances has hit Baltimore, public disturbances in the way of sizzling street dancing, baby. This time out, the troubled kid is Andie (Briana Evigan), an orphan who gets in trouble because of her street gang affiliation but who then gets a second chance when she's accepted into the Maryland School of the Arts. But it's not all about Andie. When her time spent at the MSA gets her booted out of her street crew, the notorious 410, she forms her own crew, consisting mostly of misfit students at the MSA. And, of course, there's an ongoing underground dance competition. And, of course, there's an exhilarating, stop-the-presses dance battle at the end. Naturally, the dance-off is between the MSA crew and the 410.

It's a straightforward, by-the-numbers story, but we all know that the story is just there to prop up the spectacular dance sequences. The acting by the kids is serviceable, with Briana Evigan, daughter of Greg Evigan, holding the viewers' attention with her sexy, spirited presence. The other standout, to me, is scene-stealer Adam G. Sevani, who plays the gangly, geeky Moose. On the other hand, that guy who plays the stuffy dance director is awful.

This is a PG-13 flick, so it's got pretty tame street cred. One of the kids gets roughed up a bit and a dance studio is vandalized. The tough talking, keeping-it-real smack the kids spout here is about as tough and keeps it about as real as a 1970's Kurt Russell Disney movie. Near the end of this flick, does anyone really buy into that boisterous crowd being swayed so easily by Andie's "We call this a battle, but what are we fighting for" speech? Yikes!

There are some good-looking folks in this cast, so if you're wondering about the raunch factor, well, there's a kiss at the end, which I guess is smoking enough that it won the 2008 MTV Best Kiss Award, for whatever that's worth. But most of the lascivious stuff pops up in the dance routines.

Apologies to the bellylicious Briana Evigan, but the backbone of STEP UP 2 is the electrifying street dancing. While the plot here is as anemic as that of the first film, the dance elements in this sequel are even more dynamic and definitely more street-centric. Breakdancing, krumping, popping, locking, you name it, it's here. Briana herself shows off some skills, but, really, the sickest moves are demonstrated by the 410 crew, by Adam Sevani and by the actors who play Monster, Cable, and Missy. Robert Hoffman (Chase) doesn't have Channing Tatum's magnetism, but he contributes with some nifty popping. Speaking of Tyler Gage (Tatum), he drops in for an extended cameo, to add continuity and provide a link to the first STEP UP. His one-on-one dance battle with Andie happens to be one of the movie's showstoppers.

The music is so key to movies like this. The STEP UP 2 soundtrack, aggressive and with plenty of head-bopping hooks, is a crucial supporting character. Viewers be cautioned, as these songs may induce manic bouts of getting down (or attempts at getting down). Just don't hurt yourself. Some of the hot tracks included are Flo Rida & T-Pain, "Low," Missy Elliott's "Shake Your Pom Pom," and Digital Underground's classic "Humpty Dance." This last track, by the way, is perfectly, hilariously used in the MSA crew's online prank.

STEP UP 2: THE STREETS isn't as sanitized as HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, but neither does it come close to the gritty reality of, say, the Rize documentary. Still, the focus here is on the dancing. And, when it comes to that, the pulse of the street beats in this film.
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on July 31, 2012
One of my favorite films ever. I still have not seen part 4, but I'm sure it's not better than this one. The first one wasn't that good and neither was the dancing, but I still wanted to see the sequel. I'm glad I did. It makes the first look even worse. Everything is 10x better. The characters, the music and the dancing. The plot isn't something you have not seen before, but that's okay. The film is pretty much about the dancing more than anything else and that is okay. The two leads are charming and have chemistry. Moose is also charming. He has become a fan favorite. To me he made part 3 decent. The ending is one of best endings ever. None of the other SU films can top it. "Step Up 2: The Streets" is a fun and entertaining film. I believe all ages will enjoy it. It would've been nice to see an interracial couple as the main couple in one of these films considering the subject matter.
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on March 2, 2015
GREAT STORY WITH SUPERIOR CHOREOGRAPHY IN THE PRESENT. SO MANY TIMES PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE DANCE BECAUSE THEY
DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT. THE POINT IS YOU DON'T HAVE TO "GET IT". JUST WATCH AND APRECIATE THE MOVEMENT OF THE BODY.
DANCE IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF ALL THE ARTS BECAUSE IT IS ART ITSELF. THE WHOLE SERIES OF "STEP UP" IS A GOOD EXPERIENCE. YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT STEP UP 3 WHICH IS THE BEST OF THE SERIES!
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on February 6, 2017
Channing Tatum makes a brief appearance, so I guess he is technically in the movie. But he does not stick around long. So, if you are looking for that charming connection between him and his love interest, go watch the first movie again.
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on February 7, 2011
I'm not a dancer. I'm a kick boxer and a strength-endurance hobbiest, and i can appreciate the concentration required for alot of those moves. The dances they perform, especially at the end in the final dance off is just beyond mind boggling. Entirely inspiring from someone who has trained minimally compared to them! John Chu keeps making movies with the greatest dancers around - including the least expected people. Moose, for example, is my favorite out of this entire show. He threw off my expectations entirely, tying the group together with his own pulse.

a movie with it's own texture - pure awesome : D
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on May 18, 2017
Shocked that this movie was a let down. Step up was a great movie. You could really feel the chemistry between the two main characters.
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on February 18, 2013
These Step Up movies are so ridiculous and so much fun. I think the dancing is fantastic and the "un-realness" of it is just a crack up. These random folks put together a "spontaneous" dance in two days complete with elaborate costumes, immaculate timing and outstanding choreography. Getting just one of these routines right would take longer that the whole time period of the movie. Still,that's part of the entertainment and I love the dancing.
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on August 29, 2016
Dancing the streets and representing where you're from makes a big difference showing your talents in a performing arts school that could really get you somewhere outside of where you're living.
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on August 4, 2017
This movie comes with the blue-ray and the digital copy! I was very happily surprised to find that it came with the digital copy!
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