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Issue: Spring 2014

Step Up All In (2014) movie review

Dance On, Dance Off

Okay, so there's this group of dancers who are not getting professional jobs, so everyone leaves but the leader. He hears of a competition that grants a three year contract to the winning 'crew', in Las Vegas, so he gets together a new team. The original crew get snotty and demand an apology. If you take your bat and ball and go home, don't complain if the game goes on without you.

Step Up All In works from the premise that dance troupes are actually gangs that conflict with 'dance battles'. They perform in revealing costumes routines that look very like slightly pornographic break dancing.

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Which begs the question, what qualifies a performer to 'act' in this film? Dancing? Acting? Why not ask the audience? Oh, we can't because during the 'emotional' plot scenes, the preview audience talked. (Not whispers, full on conversations). Cliches do not make compelling film.

And don't get me started on the 3D mock-pissing-into-the-audience dance sequence. Seriously?

This is for the hard-core fans only.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release Sept 11 2014
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Title: Step Up All In (2014)
Written by: John Swetnam (scr), Duane Adler (characters)
Directed by: Trish Sie
Running time: 112 mins

The Players: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam Sevani

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