Street Dance

Starring Charlotte Rampling, Nichola Burly and Richard Winsor. Directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini.
Rated PG (mild sexual references and coarse language). 98mins.

Anything you can do, I can do better (sang Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun).  These aren't the lyrics for Street Dance but they could well be the sentiments of the makers as they have looked at the many street dancing competition films from the US in recent years (Step Up, How She Move...) and decided that with all the Britain's Got Talent types and all the TV competition programs, the UK could do Street Dance better than the Americans – and in 3D!

It's all exactly predictable, but that is the formula the audience will enjoy.

Two crews are rivals.  Leader walks out of a crew and joins the other, leaving his girlfriend and letting her pick up the pieces to prepare in a short time for the finals – which would lead to a trip to the US. He does.  She does.  They do.

However, there is one big difference (apart from all the aerial postcard scenes of London) and that is Charlotte Rampling.  She might be one of the last serious actresses who would agree to appear in this kind of film.  But, she does and she really looks as if she is enjoying it.  She is a ballet instructor and feels that her students lack oomph and passion.  When the street dancer delivers her lunch and sees the rehearsal space, the two come to an agreement that the two groups should work together – but, at first there is snobbery and reverse snobbery.

In these films, there is always a clash with times, the ballet auditions and the finals of the street dancing competition programmed at the same time.  I wonder what they do and who wins!!

Paramount/Transmisison  Out May 27 2010.

Fr Peter Malone MSC directs the film desk of SIGNIS: the World Association of Catholic Communicators, and is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.

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