Step Up 2 The Streets

  • Directors: Jon Chu
  • Producers: Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Anne Fletcher
  • Writers: Tori Ann Johnson, Karen Barna, Duane Adler
  • Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G Sevani, Will Kemp, Cassie Ventura

) is set in Baltimore, Maryland. It follows Andie West (Briana Evigan) as she pursues her big dream of becoming a street dancer. Her mother died of cancer when Andie was 16; she now lives with her mother’s best friend, Sarah (her guardian), but in reality, Andie feels like she does not belong anywhere. Although she is doing badly at school, it is her dream for dancing that brings something special into her life. She trains with her dance crew, the “410” (pronounced four-one-oh), to keep the title of the illegal competition (although dancing isn’t illegal), ‘The Streets’. Sarah is aware of the crime and harassment by the 410 and tells Andie she will have to go to live with her aunt in Texas if she doesn’t change. Tyler (Channing Tatum) meets her at the dance club, The Dragon. Tyler tries to persuade her to audition for the Maryland School of the Arts (MSA), where Andie has to compete for a place, thinking it will help her life as it did his. Tyler decides to battle her for it. Tyler wins the battle and the two head back to Andie’s house where Tyler ask Sarah to let her join MSA. Sarah eventually agrees, and Tyler leaves Andie to audition at MSA while he goes on tour with Nora. Chase Collins (Robert Hoffman) persuades the school director (his brother) Blake (Will Kemp) to recruit Andie after seeing her audition. When Andie’s studies come before the crew, the members are angry and decide to kick her out. Andie and Chase form a new crew with help from many people Chase knows at the school, all of not accepted as who they are, including Andie’s new friend Moose (Adam G. Sevani). Chase has a copied key to the studio and the crew secretly practices their routine late at night when the school is empty. They perform at the local dance club, but are rejected and kicked out. Andie’s friend Missy Serrano (Danielle Polanco) joins the crew after going out of the 410 following the event, as she is disgusted by the crowd’s reaction. Missy tells the crew that the only way to enter The Streets is to first pull a prank and post it on the Internet to show that the crew is entering the competition. Wanting revenge for being humiliated before, Chase decides that their prank will be to make a fool out of Tuck, the leader of the 410.

To Moose’s surprise, he gets kissed by Sophie. With Andie’s crew being supportive friends and her education now secured, the film finds its optimistic ending – a passionate kiss between Andie and Chase.

Step Up

  • Directors: Anne Fletcher
  • Producers: Jennifer Gibgot, Adam Shankman, Patrick Wachsberger
  • Writers: Duane Adler, Melissa Rosenberg
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora, Alyson Stoner, Rachel Griffiths

Following a party, Mac (Damaine Radcliff), Skinny Carter (De’Shawn Washington) and their friend Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) break into the Maryland School of Arts and damage many of the props in the school’s theatre. When a security guard appears, Tyler helps the other two escape and accepts the blame. He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service, which he has to serve at the school. While working, he watches a dance class and meets Nora Clark (Jenna Dewan), a student preparing for her “senior showcase.” The performance could determine if she gets a job with a dance company. Later, Tyler mockingly shows his friends some of the dance moves he learned while watching the school’s ballet dancers, mixing them with break-dance and street dance moves.

Nora’s dance partner sprains his ankle, leaving Nora without a partner. After auditioning some other students, she doesn’t meet anyone who is good enough. Tyler offers to help, but she at first refuses. Eventually she changes her mind, having seen him dancing earlier, and convinces Director Gordon (Rachel Griffiths) to allow Tyler to rehearse with her. During their initial practice session, Tyler is antagonistic toward Nora as well as her boyfriend, both of whom respond with haughty attitudes. As they continue to rehearse, Nora and Tyler grow closer, each teaching the other about their respective styles of dance. Tyler also befriends a musician at the school named Miles, who has a crush on Nora’s friend Lucy.

Nora again loses her partner because he is not able to do the routine that Nora and Tyler came up with together. Nora finally decides to do her senior showcase solo. However, without a partner, the routine is not as good and she knows she will not be able to get accepted into any dance troupes. Before the showcase starts, Tyler arrives, and after making up they perform the showcase together. Nora is offered a place in a professional dance troupe, and Tyler is accepted into the Maryland School of Arts. After, they kiss and make up.