Stomp The Yard
When DJ (Columbus Short), a troubled youth from Los Angeles, moves to Atlanta to attend Truth University, he discovers “stepping,” the age-old style of dance traditionally done in African-American Fraternities, where teams demonstrate complex moves and create rhythmic sounds by using their bodies. DJ’s raw talent and hip-hop inspired moves quickly place him at the center of a fierce rivalry between two fraternities, the winner of which will be determined in front of a sold-out arena at the annual stepping championships. But before he can help his teammates, he must battle his own demons and learn the true meaning of brotherhood.
A compelling drama about the quest for individuality and the power of fraternity, “Stomp the Yard” features some of the most original and exhilarating dance performances ever filmed.
This film has a lot of energy and some good moments. A character named DJ gets a fresh start at Truth University in Altanta following the death of his younger brother, who is shot and killed in Los Angeles. DJ connects with a girl at the college and learns about “stepping,” a traditional dance of African-American fraternities. He grows as a character and is a very talented dancer who becomes a team player to help in a dance competition. In a nice touch, one of the teams recites The Lord’s Prayer before a competition.
Unfortunately, the flim misses the mark with some strong language, including a GD, and Dove never approves movies which uses God’s name in vain. There is also a couple of uses of the middle finger. We encourage our family viewers to “step up” to another line, and watch a family-friendly film like “Charlotte’s Web” or “A Night at the Museum.”