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Directed by: Sam Firstenberg
Starring: Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones, Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers, Peter MacLean, and Ice-T
Kelly, Turbo and Ozone are back in Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, the
only breakdancing-based sequel in movie history. This time around, a
community center named Miracles is at stake. A nefarious land developer,
Douglas (MacLean), wants to bulldoze the beloved property to make room
for a shopping center. The kids can save it, but they must raise the
proper amount of money. And there’s only one way to do that: dance,
dance, dance! Do you know of another way?
All the same colorful
costumes and funky tunes return this time around as well, as does Ice-T,
wearing one of the best outfits of his career in the first scene he
appears in. We also find out that Kelly comes from a wealthy family,
and, when she gets the opportunity to star on the stage in Paris, or help out Miracles, what will she decide?
this Breakin’ film, the directorial reins
were handed over to Sam Firstenberg, the Cannon mainstay and director
of many action films, including Revenge of the Ninja (1983) and American Ninja (1985).
Under his watch, this film becomes more of a traditional musical, with
clearly-defined “numbers” wherein setpieces are set aside for that
purpose, then the action of the film goes back to normal. Luckily, this
leads to insane and very funny scenarios, not the least of which are the
killer opening scene and the hospital scene. Coming off Turbo’s “broom
dance” in the first film, we here have him doing a very impressive,
pre-Lionel Richie dance on the ceiling. Is it now to be inferred by the
viewer that Turbo has magic powers? He’s certainly more of a human
cartoon than ever before, enhanced by his Woody Woodpecker-like
mischief, which he is definitely aware of, and it even gets him into
trouble during the infamous “I stole your lunch” sequence.
Breakin’ (1984) film, and the decision to step away from realism shows
that the filmmakers wanted to change things up and not do the same thing
twice. It has a more clearly defined plot than the original
installment, and any fan of upbeat, fun, silly entertainment should love
For fans of musicals and 80’s nostalgia alike, this is a
sequel that is definitely worthy and makes a great back-to-back double
feature with the original Breakin'.
Comeuppance Review by: Brett and Ty