Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 112 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. Typical ‘Step Up’ movie shenanigans: some cursing; taunts and threats between competing characters; skimpy dance outfits, characters make out, shirtless men abound, and a subplot where sleeping with someone helps another person get ahead through cheating; adults drink, but not to excess; and some rude moments, like characters miming urinating on each other and shooting each other during dance battles.
Another ‘Step Up’ sequel dances its way into theaters; another terrible attempt at a narrative offends audiences. Although the dancing remains great, it’s consistently distracting how the film can never decide the level of reality it wants.
By Roxana Hadadi
If you can remember all the characters from the “Step Up” franchise who aren’t Channing Tatum, congratulations. You are a more devoted fan of these films than I, and perhaps “Step Up All In,” which reunites stars from previous films, will be worth it for you. Chances are it won’t be, though.