STREETDANCE 2 (Max and Dania). 85 minutes. Opens Friday (April 13). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: N
Aside from some vivid 3-D cinematography, StreetDance 2 is the most unintentionally hilarious breakdancing sequel since Electric Boogaloo.
This UK answer to the Step Up franchise pleases, but probably not in the way directors Max and Dania planned.
After an embarrassment at a huge competition in England, American dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel, in one of the most dead-eyed lead performances in history) travels across Europe with his manager (George Sampson) recruiting a team of dancers to compete in next year's tournament. Included is a Parisian salsa dancer (Sofia Boutella) for whom Ash has the hots.
Despite the ludicrous assertion that the blending of Latin and street dance styles is somehow revolutionary, the dances are well staged and energetic but uninspired. A story that managed to make a lick of logical sense could have offset the lazy vision, but we're treated instead to loosely connected and laughable episodes only there to space out the dance numbers.
The laughs almost make the film worth seeing.