Love’em or hate’em, they make money, and that’s really all that matters. Though at this point the fact that the “Step Up” movies are still releasing sequels in theaters is pretty surprising. But when you consider that the last film, the Jon Chu-directed “Step Up 3-D” cleared an impressive $159 million worldwide from a $30 million production budget (I’m going to guess that barely 1% of that went to the film’s no-name cast of amateur actors and street dancers), it’s really a no brainer.
And hey, if you like pretty kids dancing in the streets and doing all manner of wacky gyrations with their bodies, “Step Up 4” is the film for you. Interesting that that’s all they’re calling it, though. But I guess once you go to “The Streets”, there’s not a whole lot of places you can go after that, except, “Back to the Streets”? Or “The Beach”? Maybe “The Alley”? “Step Up: The Alley” would have sounded dirty, but cool.
So what’s it all about? Says the official word on the (ahem) streets:
STEP UP 4 is the next installment in the worldwide smash Step Up franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami and flash mobs. In theaters July 27, 2012.
The film stars Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman and Stephen Boss, and if you recognize any of those names, good for you.
Oh, look! Pretty young people dancing in the streets! On cars! On cargo containers! Vandalism! With riot shields!