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He's a defiant rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks. She's a privileged dancer from an elite performing-arts school. Their worlds couldn't be more different, but when their fates collide, the sparks between them fly, igniting an exhilarating hip-hop-fueled fairy tale about making your one shot at an improbable dream come true.
Drama Musical - This is a dance-heavy drama aimed at a teen and a young adult
audience, especially females. Some alcohol and mild violence and
rare suggestive line aside, this is probably appropriate for most
PROFANITY: 3 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fighting and punching; a shooting with some bloodshed. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol; some teen drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Occasional comic dialogue and physical gags; kid humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average There's a lot going on here, none of it particularly interesting or original. 'Step Up' is about following the teen-dance movie recipe without variations, right up to the big finale. By then, 'Wake Up' would have been a better title.
USA TodayFull Review Average Step Up's blend of ballet and hip-hop is top-notch, and it's more graceful than recent teen dance flicks such as Save the Last Dance and You Got Served.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 104 moviegoers:THE LADIES LOVED "STEP UP"! Teen and twentysomething female opinions are extremely high. Adult female opinions are very good, but not quite great. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "STEP UP" TO LADIES OF ALL AGES!
As for the guys, there weren't very many opinions collected but these few opinions clearly show that the adult males enjoyed "Step Up" as much as the adult ladies (making it a great date movie). Teen and twentysomething males didn't care much for it, but these few opinions aren't going to be very accurate. So guys, if this looks like a movie you might enjoy, don't let these few opinions stop you from seeing it.
Tyler Gage (CHANNING TATUM) has grown up all his life on the rough streets of the city, and he knows he's unlikely to ever make it out of there. But after a brush with the law lands Tyler with a community-service gig at the city's Maryland School of the Arts, everything changes. That's when he meets Nora (JENNA DEWAN), the school's prima ballerina, an alluring diva who is desperately searching for someone to replace her injured partner before the school's all-important Senior Showcase. Spying Tyler's moves, Nora can't help but notice he's got a raw but natural gift. She decides to take a chance on Tyler, but as they begin to train, the tension between them, and their polar-opposite backgrounds, skyrockets. The only thing standing between Tyler and the void are his dreams of making it off the streets — and the only thing standing in the way of Nora's obviously brilliant future is the Senior Showcase. Now, with everything on the line, Tyler will have just one performance to prove to Nora, and to himself, that he can step up to a life far larger than he ever imagined.