You Got Served (2004) Street dancing (or what Reagan-era children like me used to call break dancing) is half sport, half art; a duality that makes it fascinating for… 2004-01-30 PG-13 PT93M Drama Marques Houston Omari Grandberry Steve Harvey Christopher Jones Lil' Kim Screen Gems Inc.
Movie Review

You Got Served (2004)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
You Got Served | RAINING ON OUR PARADE ''Beat Street'' refugees (including Houston, pictured) serve up some by-the-book boogaloo
RAINING ON OUR PARADE ''Beat Street'' refugees (including Houston, pictured) serve up some by-the-book boogaloo
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jan 30, 2004; Rated: PG-13; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Marques Houston and Omari Grandberry; Distributor: Screen Gems Inc.

Street dancing (or what Reagan-era children like me used to call break dancing) is half sport, half art; a duality that makes it fascinating for about 15 minutes -- and a little exhausting for the remaining 78 it takes You Got Served to tie up its perfunctory Cinderella story line.

At their best, the hood-raised underdogs at stage center, led by fractious friends David and Elgin (hip-hop artists and close friends Omari Grandberry and Marques Houston), unleash their dance talents in the form of mini-theater pieces punctuated by breathtaking feats of strength. (''Matrix''-like slo-mo moves are accomplished without wires or computers -- it's like turbocharged yoga.) But this degenerates into monotonous crotch-thrusting, move-busting swagger -- an extended commercial for the performers' surly virtuosity.

Meanwhile, David and Elgin must settle some highly scripted differences and win ''just enough money to change our lives'' in (yup) a climactic contest. The story is so bored with itself, it collapses -- but the diverse troupe of dance talents at least makes it an eclectic slide.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #751 Feb 13, 2004 Order article reprints