So what constitutes a guilty pleasure? It’s a film that I like for personal reasons, and thus, probably have watched more than I should have.
When I was a freshmen in high school, I started getting into a dance form called “popping.” I guess people know it better as robot dancing. After my first popping “battle” (when two dancers compete), I quit. To put it simply, I lost miserably. Although I no longer dabble in the art form, I still have an immense respect for it and find it very fun to watch. Thus, I like Step Up 2.
But you know what’s more fun to watch than popping? A hot girl who can dance!
So I actually watched this movie in theaters because some of my friends were going, and I did not like it. It was only until I started popping did I return to this film and surprisingly enjoyed it. With that said, I do find it slow in the parts that do not involve dancing or Briana Evigan. The acting is pretty brutal, and I guess that’s expected when you cast a bunch of dancers instead of actors and actresses. There are also some plot holes, ones that can be easily found if you watch it enough and pay attention to the film. Honestly, you do not need to find these plot holes to justify why you don’t like the movie.
I sort of realized that I was only watching Step Up 2 for Briana Evigan and the dancing when I watched the original Step Up. I simply do not find Jenna Dewan-Tatum that attractive, and there’s too much classical dancing (boring in my opinion) instead of street dancing. However, from an objective standpoint, Step Up and Step Up 2 are the same movies. Generic, predictable, High School Musical reminiscent films that do not deserve critical praise. But…