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Guilty Pleasures: Break-Dancing Movies

Dalton Ross on Mr. Wiggles, Boogaloo Shrimp, and Shabba Doo

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey may have sashayed off with all the box office glory, but the real geniuses of the ’80s dance-movie craze went by names like Mr. Wiggles, Boogaloo Shrimp, and Shabba Doo. They were the moonwalking, pop-rocking, windmill-spinning stars of break-dancing films like Breakin’, Rappin’, Beat Street, and, of course, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Sure, the plots are predictable (ultra-limber kids save the community from greedy real estate developers), but when you can watch a whole crowd doing the Robot, nothing else matters. Also, where else can you see the antiviolence message of street gangs settling a beef via a well-choreographed ”break-off”? Plus, check out the star power: Eriq La Salle gets down alongside Mario Van Peebles in Rappin’. And yes, that is Jean-Claude Van Damme in that beach scene from Breakin’. Hey, if the Muscles From Brussels is involved, what more convincing do you need?

Guilt-o-meter: 8