Battle of the Year Saturday, 21 September 2019

Battle of the Year

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG-13: Mild coarse language and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Going for broke dancing.

  • Starring:

    Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, Caity Lotz, Chris Brown, Ivan 'Flipz' Velez, Jon 'Do Knock' Cruz, Anis Cheurfa, Jesse 'Casper' Brown, David Shreibman, Sawandi Wilson, Richard Maguire, Steve Terada, Luis Rosado, Joshua Lee Ayers

  • Directed by:

    Benson Lee

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People get punched, slapped (playful), wrestled, pushed, shoved. Pub brawl, play fighting. Objects knocked over, smashed in anger. Dancers frequently point finger-guns at their heads/each other to simulate shooting. Shouting, arguing. Fatal car accident mentioned. Blood/gore: Man on crutches.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Shirtless men, skimpy clothing. Sexual-themed banter. Crotch-grabbing. Mistress mentioned. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, hip flask), alcohol dependency.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words, slang for genitalia. Name-calling, prejudice, homophobia, mocking behaviour. Religious, racial, cultural, ethnic, gender, regional,  stereotypes. Obscene finger gestures. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    B-boy, dance, hip-hop, breakdancing, performance, competition, rivalry, coaching, dream teams, freestyling, tryouts, Planet B-Boy, alcoholism, underdogs, talent, teamwork, male bonding, patriotism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased wife, child mentioned. Foster child, widower. Juvenile detention centre setting. Plane. Vomit mentioned. Strobe lights and flash editing. Brief subtitles. Extra dance sequences during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Good-natured, entertaining, satisfying, earnest, undemanding. Impressive dance sequences, sophisticated choreography, energetic final half-hour, minimal violence, no sex, easy laughs.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Corny, formulaic, dumb, predictable, flimsy, unoriginal. Clichéd dialogue, characters are given little back-story, shameless product placement, annoying split-screen montages, relentless editing, frustration slow-motion, indifferent acting.

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