Danc­ing ma­chine

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film Reviews - DON­ALD CLARKE

STEP UP 2 THE STREETS Di­rected by Jon M Chu. Star­ring Bri­ana Evi­gan, Robert Hoff­man PG cert, gen re­lease, 98 min THE con­tem­po­rary dance flick seems to have just one story. Blame Satur­day Night Fever: vir­tu­ally ev­ery hoofer drama since has had some­thing to do with a tal­ented kid from the wrong side of the tracks try­ing to get it on with clas­si­cally trained vir­tu­osi.

Here we are again. This in­tro­duces us to a hip-hop or­phan who spends her nights launch­ing guer­rilla dance ex­trav­a­gan­zas on the Bal­ti­more sub­way sys­tem. Threat­ened with ban­ish­ment to Texas, she em­barks on a course in the lo­cal bal­let school.

It’s to­tal rub­bish, of course, but tol­er­a­ble rub­bish. The ec­cen­tri­cally named Bri­ana Evi­gan may have a voice huskier than a tu­ber­cu­lar Lee Marvin, but she knows one foot from the other and has enough charm to keep view­ers awake dur­ing the inane chat­ter be­tween the fine dance se­quences. That said, non-terp­si­chorean par­ents ac­com­pa­ny­ing their kids may wish to bring ear­muffs and a comfy pil­low.

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