STEP UP 2 THE STREETS Directed by John Chu. 98 minutes. Opens Thursday (February 14). Rating: NNN
STEP UP 2 THE STREETS is a contact high of a movie whose sheer energy overwhelms its many significant flaws. In this sequel to 2006's Step Up, Briana Evigan plays Andie, a Baltimore street breaker who gets dropped from her crew when she enrolls in a preppie arts school. Aided by the campus heartthrob (Robert Hoffman), she assembles a posse of students to compete against her former friends in The Streets, the city's unofficial breakdancing championship. Chu wisely keeps the dance numbers coming at a brisk pace, and Evigan's understated performance lends dignity to even the cheesiest scenes. An hour after the credits roll, it's easy to focus on the cliché-riddled plot and corny dialogue, but these are just symptoms of a comedown from a surprisingly satisfying trip.