Running Time: 98 mins
Rated: Rated PG (infrequent violence and coarse language)
It's certainly exuberant and the cast are certainly agile - and even that is too simple a word to describe their dance acrobatics.
It's certainly much the same as 2006's Step Up. It has a Baltimore setting, dancing in the subway to the shock of commuters, dancing in the rough neighbourhoods (where the losing dancers take to graffiti vandalism and bashing instead of sublimating their anger in their dance as they usually do), dancing at the School of the Arts and, finally something that the athletic dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly would approve of: dancin' in the rain.
The dialogue runs very much to formula and practically all of what happens is quite predictable, but that will not deter fans who don't go to hear dialogue but to identify with the characters, their problems, what they do, what they wear and how they dance.
Universal Opens March 20
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 & Broadcastin