You Got Served

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -1

You Got Served is the story, a musical drama, of aspiring hip-hop dancers, David (Omari Grandberry) and Elgin (Marques Houston), and their dance crews battle for success in the little-known world of street-dance competition. Week to week, David, Elgin and the rest of the crew dance and win, but only small cash prizes not enough to pay back debts or avoid working with shady gangster Emerald (Michael Taliferro) as couriers of illegal goods. Then comes a challenge that could change everything: A rival dance crew puts up big money for a single competition. But after matching the bet, David and Elgin discover that one of their members switched teams and gave away all of their best moves to the competitor. To reclaim their honor, their money and their road to stardom, they must win the prize at the ultimate hip-hop dance competition the Big Bounce.

Fortunately, this film has little objectionable content a few bad words, and some mild sexual innuendo and sexually suggestive dancing. Even better, the movie contains some positive messages about mentoring, parenting and peer pressure. Of particular interest is a woman who forces her grandchildren to reconcile and a man who mentors a young boy in an effort to draw him away from the negative influences of his peers. The film also discourages cussing among youths and includes a positive depiction of prayer. But none of that rescues You Got Served from bad writing and bad acting. Admittedly, this reviewer may be missing the point of the film. After all, it showcases some truly amazing dance moves and choreography. Yet, in the end, it all seems a complete waste of time. A documentary on the subculture of street dancing would have been far more interesting.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Distributor:
Screen Gems

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (14) times mild (hell 5, damn 3); strong (ass 6)

Obscene Language: Few (3) times strong (s-word 1, finger gesture 2)

Profanity: Few (3) times moderate (OMG 1)

Violence: Few times mild (two teams push and shove each other, man punches wall); moderate (man punched in face, man beaten by four others)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times mild (woman in bikini top, other underdressed women)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times mild (several sexual double entendres and some innuendo); moderate (several sexually suggestive dance moves throughout film)

Drugs: Few times mild (possible suggestion of illegal drug transportation or sale)

Other: Appropriate use of God in prayer twice, positive portrayal of prayer, dance teams reject cussing, portrayal of hustling and other negative behavior in members, community encourages members to persevere through adversity, depiction of reconciliation of friends, woman provides good parenting and discipline to her grandchildren, man positively mentors a youth, story includes shooting death of a child that is not shown on screen)

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults


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