This hip-hop tale which explores the social subculture of street dancing, focuses on a pair of friends, named David and Elgin, who want to open their own hip-hop dance and recording studio. However, in order to make that dream come true, they must first win a street dance competition against another group of dancers to prove that they have talent. When Elgin and David have a falling out, it threatens their shot at the big time.
This modest programmer directed by Christopher B. Stokes showcases the latest developments in hip-hop street dance, which, much like hip-hop music, appears to be a largely masculine domain. Apart from a few token women in the chorus, the boys dominate the performance with cutting, slashing, robotic moves that evoke both Chinese martial arts films and Michael Jackson's undying "moonwalk" move. The presentation is aggressive and confrontational, and the dancers perform without ever breaking their scowling, angry street faces. The thin plot revolves around the bust up of best friends Elgin (Marques Houston, of the hip-hop group IMx) and David (Omari Grandberry of B2K) over David's determination to date Elgin's dazzling kid sister Liyah (Jennifer Freeman). Will they get back together in time to lead their crew to victory in the MTV showdown? You do not need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict the outcome. — Dave Kehr
2004-01-30 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of You Got Served