Step Up: All In parents guide

Step Up: All In Parent Guide

It's a lightweight story with stilted dialogue, overacting and a sentimental monologue. Even Sean's emphatic use of a strong sexual expletive seems out of place in a relatively clean script.

Overall B-

In this fifth installment of the franchise, dancers from the pervious films all step up to be in yet another big competition. And Las Vegas plays host for their battle.

Release date August 8, 2014

Violence B
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C-
Substance Use B-

Why is Step Up: All In rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Step Up: All In PG-13 for some language and suggestive material.

Run Time: 112 minutes

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Channing Tatum didn’t have a lot of Hollywood clout when he played a vandal forced to do community service at a dance school in the original Step Up movie. Since then his career has taken off and so has the dance-filled franchise, which has already grossed over $564 million worldwide. Step Up: All In is the fifth title to release and brings back stars from the previous films for a battle in Las Vegas.

I don’t know who has the smarter marketing strategy—the Step Up franchise or the promotion team who has found yet another film to spotlight the bright lights of the famous Strip. Either way you won’t see anything new. The desert city has its best marquees highlighted and Step Up: All In recycles the same old storyline: a troubled but seriously ripped hero, an uneasy love relationship and incredible dancing. If you can put up with the first two, then the dance moves are worth the ticket price.

Ryan Guzman is back from Step Up Revolution as Sean, leader of The Mob. After earning $50,000 for a Nike commercial, the Miami-based crew settled in Tinsel Town with dreams of making it big. But now a string of unsuccessful auditions has left them at the end of their finances. They’ve decided to pack up and head home. Sean, however, is too stubborn to give up and parts ways with the rest of the troupe.

A little later, after getting a job as a handyman in a Los Angeles dance studio, he stumbles across a competition called The Vortex. The winner of the Las Vegas contest gets a steady job with a three-year contract for a stage show in the city.

But rather than reassemble his old crew, Sean goes looking for a new one. He starts with the curly haired Moose (Adam Sevani) who helps muster a group of talented dancers (from previous movies). The first hurdle they have to clear is deciding which of them is in charge. Sean thinks it should be him. But Andie (Briana Evigan from Step Up 2: The Streets) has other ideas. Once that is settled, the gang begins planning their audition tape. Sean knows his main competition on The Vortex reality show will be Jasper (Stephen Stevo Jones) and the Grim Knight crew. What he doesn’t expect is to see The Mob there as well.

It’s a lightweight story with stilted dialogue, overacting and a sentimental monologue. The predictable plot doesn’t offer any problems you know won’t be resolved before the next big battle. Even Sean’s emphatic use of a strong sexual expletive seems out of place in a script that is relatively void of profanities. Still, you have to remember the story—as flimsy as it is—is only there to tie together a string of amazingly choreographed routines. On that front the performers come through.

Dancing for a livelihood is a tough career. That may be why some of these characters make this competition seem like a life and death contest. But considering some of the alternative ways people find to solve disputes, maybe the dance floor isn’t such a bad place to battle it out for supremacy.

Directed by Trish Sie. Starring Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Izabella Miko. Running time: 112 minutes. Theatrical release August 8, 2014. Updated

Step Up: All In
Rating & Content Info

Why is Step Up: All In rated PG-13? Step Up: All In is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some language and suggestive material.

Violence: Characters exchange verbal jabs and then proceed to “battle” on the dance floor. Some characters lie or mislead others.

Sexual Content: Couples kiss on several occasions. Characters make sexist comments. Female judges ask men to remove their shirts while auditioning. Some mild innuendo and crude sexual humor are included. Brief shots of nude statues and paintings are shown. A woman wears a revealing lace dress. Naked mannequins are seen.

Language: The script includes a strong sexual expletive and infrequent scatological slang, mild crude terms and some profanities.

Alcohol / Drug Use:Characters drink in social settings and at home.

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Step Up: All In Parents' Guide

Sean says there is nothing real about a reality show. How do you feel about these types of programs? Do you vote for your favorite performer? Do you think it makes a difference if you vote or is the winner decided by the program’s producers?

Dancing is not an easy career choice. Would you be willing to put in the necessary work to be successful? How do these dancers support themselves when they are not dancing? Is Moose’s career path surprisingly different than the others? What are the physical challenges? Why is Andie hesitant to try Sean’s new move?

So just want is the criteria for a dance-off? There doesn’t seem to be a set of official rules that applies to everyone. Here’s what you’ll need to know if you want to compete in the National Schools Dance Competition.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Step Up: All In movie is November 4, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Step Up: All In
Release Date: 4 November 2014
Step Up: All In releases to home video (Blu-ray) with the following extras:
- Ryan's Favorite dance scenes (with optional commentary)
- Audio commentary
- Deleted scenes
- The Vortex Dance Index
- Three Featurettes

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This movie is the fifth in a franchise. The other films include: Step Up, Step Up 2 The Streets, Step Up 3D and Step Up Revolution.

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