Story

Andie (Briana Evigan) has been in trouble since her mother died of cancer and she was left in the care of her mother’s friend Sarah (Sonja Sohn). Andie loves to dance and has joined a street dance crew called the 410, who enjoy making a public nuisance of themselves. Sarah finds she can no longer cope with the rebellious teenager and decides to send her to her aunt in Texas. But when Andie is offered a position at the prestigious Maryland School of Arts (MSA), Sarah gives her another chance.

Andie’s school timetable clashes with her practice times for the 410 crew so she gets thrown out. At the same time, she earns the scorn of crew leader Tuck (Black Thomas). Andie then recruits members from the dance school to form a new crew. Among them is Chase Collins (Robert Hoffman), the younger brother of the school director Blake Collins (Will Kemp). Blake forbids any of the students to perform street dancing, but they disobey his orders and go on to gain the respect of other street dancers.

Themes

Death of a parent

Violence

  • The members of the 410 crew put on masks and menace passengers on a train but do not harm them.
  • Tuck and two others beat up Chase quite badly and kick him while he’s down on the ground.
  • The 410 crew vandalises and trashes the MSA.
  • Tuck again attacks Chase pushing him up against a wall.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

Some children in this age group could feel disturbed by the violent scenes above as well as the following:

  • The 410 crew look quite scary in their masks.
  • The crowds at the street dances get quite out of control, and there are some tense moments between rival crews.

From 8-13

Younger children in this age group could also be disturbed by some of the scenes described above.

Over 13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.

Sexual references

None

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

There are some scenes of drinking in the streets and at a function.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including skimpy clothing and bare midriffs, provocative dancing and kissing.

Product placement

Coca-Cola

Coarse language 

This movie contains some mild coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Step up 2 the Streets is a dance movie with a plot of light romance. It focuses mainly on the skills of hip hop dancing. You might like to discuss some of the the anti-social behaviour such as the bullying on the train and talk with your children about the real-life consequences of such behaviour.