You Got Served
You Got Served is the story, a musical drama, of aspiring hip-hop dancers, David (Omari Grandberry) and Elgin (Marques Houston), and their dance crew’s battle for success in the little-known world of street-dance competition. Week to week, David, Elgin and the rest of the crew dance and win, but only small cash prizes — not enough to pay back debts or avoid working with shady gangster Emerald (Michael Taliferro) as couriers of illegal goods. Then comes a challenge that could change everything: A rival dance crew puts up big money for a single competition. But after matching the bet, David and Elgin discover that one of their members switched teams and gave away all of their best moves to the competitor. To reclaim their honor, their money and their road to stardom, they must win the prize at the ultimate hip-hop dance competition — the Big Bounce.
Fortunately, this film has little objectionable content — a few bad words, and some mild sexual innuendo and sexually suggestive dancing. Even better, the movie contains some positive messages about mentoring, parenting and peer pressure. The film also discourages “cussing” among youths and includes a positive depiction of prayer. But none of that rescues You Got Served from bad writing and bad acting. Admittedly, this reviewer may be missing the point of the film. After all, it showcases some truly amazing dance moves and choreography. Yet, in the end, it all seems a complete waste of time. A documentary on the subculture of street dancing would have been far more interesting. Dove cannot recommend You Got Served as Family-Approved because of the sexual dancing and sexual innuendo.