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Battle of the Year is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years. Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake, who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team. Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a dream team of all the best dancers across the country. With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to come together as a team if they're going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started.
Drama - This is a hip-hop dance-driven drama that actually has not as much
dancing as expected. That said, the target is still the core
demographic for the dance, which are teens and young adults. This is
mostly a show for Josh Holloway, with the other recognizable faces
such as Chris Brown and Laz Alonso having much smaller parts. Fairly
frequent mild language may be of some caution for parents.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Poor To put in Clichénese, the only language "Battle of the Year" knows: the creator's hearts just weren't in this thing.
USA TodayFull Review Poor Even as teen dance films go, this one is clumsy, miscast, lazy and cliched.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Below Average The film's course is woefully apparent, and we barely get to know the individuals on Blake's Dream Team, so we don't get invested in their success or failure.
NY PostFull Review Average 'Battle of the Year' won't win any awards for plot originality. And I really couldn't tell you too much about the first half-hour, as this 3-D movie was initially projected wrong.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 23 moviegoers:
TEENS: One male loved "Battle of the Year," three rated it above average and one felt it was an average movie. The female reviews are GREAT! Over half loved this movie with most of the rest indicating they enjoyed it very much. Only a tiny percentage rated it a bit low with a review of "average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: No male reviews and only a couple of female reviews in this group so it's not going to be very helpful, especially since one loved it and the other one rated it just "average."
ADULTS: Not really enough reviews to be of much help but all three reviews indicated they enjoyed "Battle of the Year" very much.
Hip hop mogul Dante Graham (Laz Alonso) has created a billion-dollar business out of his b-boy past. Now he intends to reinvigorate America's reputation as the pre-eminent by creating an all-American dream team that can win the legendary Battle of the Year, hip hop's premier competition, in Montpellier, France.
Graham turns to his old friend and former crew mate Jason Blake (Josh Holloway) to coach the team. With help of his assistant coach Franklyn (Josh Peck) and choreographer Stacy (Caity Lotz), Blake struggles to transform 13 headstrong individualists into a disciplined, cohesive and polished crew to rival all comers.
But with the competition only weeks away, the internal rivalry between dancers Rooster (Chris Brown) and Do Knock (Jon Cruz) divides the group into bitter factions, as Blake struggles to overcome the despair and alcohol abuse that have enveloped him since the death of his wife and child in a tragic accident. If the dream team wants to bring the b-boy world championship back to American soil for the first time in 15 years, they will have to face down ferocious personal demons to succeed.