Now that summer is upon us, all that crap that the studios shoveled out in the early months of 2004 are hitting video stores.You Got Served was a surprise hit, which undoubtedly means that the money it made will be used to finance three pieces of garbage just like it.
The eloquently-titled film revolves around the world of hip-hop dance competitions, and, to fill in the gaps between the various dance sequences, there are some pointless storylines about a hot girl and a little kid who is on the verge of joining a gang. It doesn't really matter, though, as the only highpoint of the movie is the dancing.
I will admit, the scenes where the teams square off against one another are pretty impressive. There are quite a few entertaining and sometimes funny moves. Strangely, I felt that the moves done in the first half hour of the movie were better than the ones done in the last half hour, where they really matter as our main characters are competing to win a $50,000 check from MTV. I didn't know that $50,000 split among ten people was all that spectacular, at least for people that are apparently as talented as they are.
Regardless, the rest of the movie is crap. The boring storylines drag on, encapsulated with bad actors and bad dialogue. The only high note is Jennifer Freeman, who, though not the most stellar of actresses, is quite nice to look at.
You Got Served does have some good dance sequences, but those don't even come close to making up for such a dull movie. I just do not understand why so many of these "urban" films have to be so bad... Do the studios think that black guys don't have taste? It should be an insult. In fact, You Got Served is an insult to all moviegoers.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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