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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Josh Holloway
Laz Alonso
Josh Peck.
Directors
Benson Lee.
Screenwriters
Brin Hill
Chris Parker.
Running Time
110 minutes

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Battle Of The Year
Blundering b-boy flick


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Plot
Hip-hop impresario Dante (Alonso) gambles on grieving, troubled basketball coach Blake (Holloway) to put together a team of gifted dancers and win back a prized b-boying trophy for the US.


Review
Battle Of The Year

Unable to stomach the fact that America isn’t the best at something, LA hip-hop mogul Dante Graham (Laz Alonso) assembles a B-boy dream team to compete in an international dance crew competition and put the USA back on top whereit belongs, overturning 15 years of humiliating defeats. Given that it’s about dancing — of which there is far too little — the least forgivable thing about director Benson Lee’s follow-up to 2008’s Planet B-Boy is not its relentless onslaught of threadbare clichés, stock characters and cornball melodrama, but that it is so utterly, mind-numbingly dull. Lost’s Josh Holloway deserves far better.


Verdict
Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff.


Reviewed by Simon Braund

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RE: I love J-Holl

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So glad you noted Josh Holloway's deserving of better. Luckily, he has a fab-looking new show kicking off soon called Intelligence! ... More

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