Step Up 4: Miami Heat

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Move over, Chris Nolan: yours isn’t the only summer entertainment with the Occupy movement on the brain. Pavement politics prance through this latest instalment of the fleet-footed, dim-witted dance franchise, for some reason not called ‘Step Up 4 Ur Rightz’. This one introduces a fresh batch of attractively inexpressive urban toe-tappers, here under threat from Peter Gallagher’s oily property magnate. Naturally, the way to save their working-class seafront community is to stage a series of elaborate pop-up dance routines in a range of moneyed hangouts, with the secret assistance of the tycoon’s dance-crazy daughter (pro hoofer Kathryn McCormick), before selling out at the first sniff of corporate sponsorship. It’s equal parts ‘Flashdance,’ ‘Burlesque’ and ‘Lambada’, all parts ludicrous – but we aren’t here for the story any more than we watch Béla Tarr for the salsa numbers. Abetted by in-your-face 3D, the dancing is astonishing, as the dancers ditch the usual bump-and-grind for unexpectedly conceptual choreography, peaking with an ingenious camouflage routine in a modern art gallery that Pina Bausch might have conceived after a few piña coladas.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday August 10 2012
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Scott Speer
Screenwriter: Jenny Mayer
Cast: Alyson Stoner
Adam G. Sevani
Chadd Smith

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Hayls

This movie was great! The dancing is out of this world its awesome!

Hayls

This movie was great! The dancing is out of this world its awesome!

Ed

The storyline might be as ropey as sin but my goodness the dancing parts are out of this world good, slick and very tight