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You Got Served

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You Got Served

You Got Served

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
93 minutes
Wide Release Date:
01/30/04
performer:
Marques Houston, Omari Grandberry, Steve Harvey, Christopher Jones, Lil' Kim
director:
Chris Stokes
distributor:
Screen Gems Inc.
author:
Chris Stokes
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

Street dancing (or what Reagan-era children like me used to call break dancing) is half sport, half art; a duality that makes it fascinating for about 15 minutes — and a little exhausting for the remaining 78 it takes You Got Served to tie up its perfunctory Cinderella story line.

At their best, the hood-raised underdogs at stage center, led by fractious friends David and Elgin (hip-hop artists and close friends Omari Grandberry and Marques Houston), unleash their dance talents in the form of mini-theater pieces punctuated by breathtaking feats of strength. (”Matrix”-like slo-mo moves are accomplished without wires or computers — it’s like turbocharged yoga.) But this degenerates into monotonous crotch-thrusting, move-busting swagger — an extended commercial for the performers’ surly virtuosity.

Meanwhile, David and Elgin must settle some highly scripted differences and win ”just enough money to change our lives” in (yup) a climactic contest. The story is so bored with itself, it collapses — but the diverse troupe of dance talents at least makes it an eclectic slide.