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2012 Running time: 82 Certificate: pg Rating: 3
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Synopsis

The British dance-athon goes European in this amiably winning teen drama which sees London-based American move-thrower Ash (Falk Hentschel) scour the continent for crack free-stylers to join his crew. He wants to take on reigning champions Invincible, who subjected him to a humiliating, popcorn-strewn dance-off back in the day. Eye-poppingly impressive set pieces are a given but this also throws in knowing references to the grumpily macho inclinations of street dance plus a sinuous performance from Sofia Boutella as a Parisian salsa princess.

Directors

  • Max Giwa

  • Dania Pasquini

Cast

  • Falk Hentschel

  • George Sampson

  • Sofia Boutella

  • Stephanie Nguyen

Review

The original StreetDance torpedoed the assumption that British urban jitterbuggers boasted two left feet and lacked the professional lustre of their American counterparts. It also didn't take itself too seriously.

This appealing sequel plays to those strengths...even if there's no homegrown talent (the leads are American and French and the only Brit - Tom Conti - plays an ageing Parisian gigolo) and the action takes place in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

American street dancer Ash (Hentschel) plies his limb-twisting trade in London but comes a humiliating cropper when he crashes to the floor during a dance-off with cocky crew Invincible.

Determined to show the arrogant champions that he's got what it takes, he heads off to Europe with self-appointed manager Eddie (Britain's Got Talent graduate George Sampson) to round up a crew of top-notch free-stylers.

Heading to Paris, the new crew rehearse their moves for the Final Clash and Ash - after watching salsa queen Sofia Boutella strut her fiery tropical stuff - hits on the revolutionary idea 'street-Latin fusion.'

Although essentially a series of genuinely impressive dance set pieces linked by no more than adequate dramatic interludes, this scores thanks to its sly acknowledgment that street dance can take itself a little too seriously.

Yes, there's plenty of angry folding of arms, particularly from the perpetually cross Invincible, but there's also the welcome assertion that street is all about 'front' while Latin is seductively concerned with passion.