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Step Up holds up: 10 years on, it wins the teen movie dance battle

15 August 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film that introduced the world to Channing Tatum stands far above some of 2006’s more cringeworthy outputs, and it was even ahead of its time

The plan was not to write about how good Step Up is 10 years later, honestly, because the plan was to write about the idea that Step Up was part of an early-aughts wave of urban dance movies, wherein “urban” was a euphemism for “skimming off the surface of black culture to give edge to a movie about white people”. The early 2000s were a weird time in pop culture, when we celebrated a lot of trashy stuff that we would rip apart today: Justin Timberlake’s cornrow/bandana headband combo, the not-so latent homophobia in Superbad, the sexism percolating throughout Knocked Up.

But Step Up does not belong in that riff. Because, upon very close inspection on the occasion of this aluminum anniversary, Step Up is actually great. »

- Jessica Goldstein

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