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Step Up
Predictable dance love story

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A community service order lands a troubled rebel from the wrong side of the tracks at Maryland School of the Arts, where a privileged ballet dancer is searching for a partner...


Aiming to be this year’s Fame/Footloose hybrid, Step Up throws a tough street dancer into community service at Baltimore’s premiere performing arts school, where a pretty posh girl awaits in dire need of a new dancing partner (and a boyfriend, by the looks of her selfish, arrogant beau).
It’s predictable to the very last, and hampered by stiff expositionary dialogue and one-dimensional characters. Even so, there’s something charming about its enthusiasm, and the formula of the uplifting-dance-romance genre is adhered to well enough to attract young female viewers less familiar with its well-worn clichés. Buff, likeable lead Channing Tatum shouldn’t hurt either, but the rest of the young cast might want to go back to drama class - or stick to their admittedly sensational dancing.

It’s the usual case of great dancing, bad acting and even worse dialogue in this very guilty pleasure for fans of the genre.

Reviewed by Anna Smith

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:O totally amazing!

This must be one of the grestest films of all time! the dancing is amazing, Channing Tatum is insane and the plot is so cheesy i had goosebumps! :) its the perfectly pridictable story line that any girly girl loves and i certainly did! and anyone who thinks its awful needs to see it again! ... More

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Posted by flo_xx at 18:25, 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

Is Amazing

This film is amazing its a ten times better version of save the last dance the songs are better and so are the characters empires review and other reviews are crazy and they obviously no nothing about what amkes a good film ... More

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Posted by Quinnie91 at 11:04, 31 March 2008 | Report This Post

Awful, awful film.

People on here are giving this good reviews. Why, exactly? The dancing really isn't that incredible, although it is good. But seriously, this is about as enjoyable as watching a slug crawl from one side of the path to the other. It's really a train-wreck of a film- Tatum looks confused throughout by the simple plot, and doesn't seem to grip this idea of 'acting.' In fact, he all but stumbles through the film- his face or voice rarely changing despite what the script asks for him to do. H... More

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Posted by jamesbondguy at 17:27, 30 May 2007 | Report This Post

Really Good :)

I found it funny, and the dancing was good. To it all of Channing tatum was in it! I found that the best bit, he was in She's the Man, and totally different, I didn't imagine dancing! I loved it, I love Channing Tatum too. :)))) ... More

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Posted by Caoimhe at 11:41, 11 November 2006 | Report This Post

Really Good :)

I found it funny, and the dancing was good. To it all of Channing tatum was in it! I found that the best bit, he was in She's the Man, and totally different, I didn't imagine dancing! I loved it, I love Channing Tatum too. :)))) ... More

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Posted by Caoimhe at 11:40, 11 November 2006 | Report This Post


To say this film was crap, would be an insult to the world of faeces. Poor acting, poor dialogue, poor directing, poor casting, poor everything. Why didn't they cast a black actor in the lead role instead of making Channing Tatum put on some awful "Hood" accent and pretend he is "down wit his homies in tha project y'all"? I know, it's because that wouldn't be as photogenic for the americans to stomach. In response to the first comment. Yes, your partner might enjoy this film... More

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Posted by mingmong9 at 16:00, 06 November 2006 | Report This Post

Loved it

This is Save the Last Dance but without the awkward part where Julia Stiles pretends to be a gangster. Yes, it's predictable, but there are still a few surprise story lines. The dancing in it is PHENOMENAL. And after seeing Channing Tatum in that Amanda Byrnes film I really didnt expect this from him. Definitely for the girls, but I think you're partner might secretly like this too! ... More

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Posted by ilovelethalweapon at 20:14, 13 October 2006 | Report This Post

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