Battle of the Year

Theatrical Release: September 20, 2013
Battle of the Year


With compelling characters and vibrant dance sequences, “Battle of the Year” is set in the international world of B-boying – the urban dance more commonly known as “breakdancing.”

Unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of an all-star American dance crew who, with the help of their tough coach (Josh Holloway), struggle to reach their dreams despite being misunderstood by society and even their own families. Their lives collide in France where their skills are put to the ultimate test: the “Battle of the Year” finals, with crews from 18 nations vying for the title of World Champion.

The film features electrifying dance performances and astonishing displays of power and grace, showing how a street dance from New York has evolved into an inspiring art form for a new generation around the world.

Dove Review

“Battle of the Year” is an International B-Boy competition where dancers try to out do the other teams as they attempt to be the best Hip Hop dancers in the world. The film’s style has been done before and consists of an underdog team who starts out as a dysfunctional “everyone for themselves” group of individuals and by film’s end have come together to form a functional team. The moral lessons are strong and include the themes of teamwork wile featuring the messages “Change how you think, change your life” and “Act like champions, be champions”. Unfortunately due to the excessive and frequent foul language, we cannot award our family approved seal to this movie.

Content Description

Sex: Husband/wife kiss
Language: S-23; A-22; H-9; D-15; B-2; GD-2; G-1; BS-1; OMG-1
Violence: Team members fight among themselves; Bar brawl with no blood;
Drugs: Man has a drinking problem and sips on a flask frequently; Dancers in a bar drinking; Wine
Nudity: Cleavage a few times; Shirtless men several times, once in a shower scene but they are wearing towels.
Other: Tension between a homosexual dancer and a dancer who previously served in the military - their issues are resolved by films end; A comment that "God takes Sunday off but we don't" A man has lost is son and wife in an accident


Company: Sony/Screen Gems
Writer: Brin Hill & Chris Parker
Director: Benson Lee
Producer: Beau Flynn
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe