All Stars

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All Stars

We’ve had ‘Streetdance’ (twice). Now meet ‘All Stars’, the UK’s latest attempt to ape America’s lucrative tween dance scene (in 3D). Ethan (Theo Stevenson) is a cheeky schoolkid who throws a talent contest to save the local youth club. His own dance crew is an unlikely mix of posh kids and overeaters, trained by Jaden (Akai Osei-Mansfield). The young performances are variable, but the saving grace is the grown-up cast, including Ashley Jensen and Mark Heap, who don’t hold back while delivering the cynical one-liners. TV director Ben Gregor brings inventive visual touches to his dream sequences – overambitious, maybe, but welcome in a genre that’s become formulaic to say the least. Yes, there are clichés: the warring dance tribes, the blending of dance genres as if no one’s ever thought of it before. But ‘All Stars’ is funny and enthusiastic enough to entertain kids, if not their elder siblings, who may not buy this scrubbed-up version of teenaged Britain.

By: Anna Smith


Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday May 3 2013
Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ben Gregor
Cast: Theo Stevenson
Akai Osei-Mansfield
Ashley Jensen

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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I was happy with this film- however I was surprised that they had some swear words in this film- 3 s words were used one by Dominic and two by other girls in the seats- this is supposed to by a U rated film and how were these words not picked up by the director Ben and edited??

"Director" of NATIVITY 2.............are you watching? THIS is how a low budget family Brit flick should be done. Very enjoyable 6+ (perhaps a 7 in 3D?)...........either way, it EASILY deserves ***

It is difficult not to like what is a well meaning film but it really isn't very good. The "crew" is made up of a politically correct group of ethnically and socially diverse kids and the adults also tick all the cliché boxes as well. I felt as if the story was written by a computer more determined to tick inclusivity boxes than an actually good plot. Having said that the screening I was just at was very well attended which perhaps says more about the absence of quality family friendly movies than the films own quality. If you have kids between 8 and 14 this may well be for you. It won't abuse your trust and kids will be amused by it. A reasonable two star film where the "dream sequences" seem more intended to justify the 3D price than adding anything to the plot. You could easily love half an hour from the film but that would leave it too short for a cinema release.