You Got Served

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and sexual references
Starring:Omarion, Marques Houston, J-Boog, Lil Fizz, Raz B
Directed By:Chris Stokes

Final Grade: <

What makes a movie? I questioned that long and hard the last few weekends, especially as I saw “You Got Served” hitting the tops of the box office charts. The number one movie in the nation is a story of an African American Hip-Hop Dance team. Baffled and confused I decided that I should head to the box offices and see what You Got Served was all about.

You got Served is the story of two best friends, Elgin and David, who have the hottest “crew” of street dancers around. They have both gained a reputation as some of the best street dancers in the area. But when a group of Suburban white kids beat them for a $5,000, Elgin and David decided to try to earn back their respect by winning “The Big Bounce” Dance contest. The only problem is their friendship is put to the test, and even though they both know they can’t win it alone, both try to go their separate ways.

I don’t even know where to begin. Cliched trash is what comes to mind. Hollywood has realized that cheesy dance movies sell, and I blame Footloose and Dirty Dancing for starting the craze. Now the dance movie has turned into hip hop trash where wannabe thugs spit out “thug life” cliches like a third rate Cheech and Chong, and their actions make them look like more of a joke than a bunch of “true playas.” The directing is nothing to note, the story is so ridiculous and transparent that I wanted to walk out at least a few times, and the acting is to say the least terrible. I honestly have nothing good to say about this film without giving you a boldfaced lie. This is the perfect example of formulaic Hollywood Trash.

But if I had to say anything good about you got served, you have to commend the street dancers themselves. The kids got some amazing moves, and to be honest with you, If I could do even a quarter of the moves they can do, I would be able to cut a rug quite well. It also relies on the help of comedian Steve Harvey, but I can’t really say that is a good thing. As of late Harvey seems to have whored himself out to every movie that needs another “black guy.” Between Harvey, Anthony Anderson, Bernie Mac, and Cedric the Entertainer, you are guaranteed to see them playing at least a minor role in nearly every film targeted for the African American audience.
In the end, I could waste a lot of space and a lot of time explaining to you why not to go to this film, but some of you would ignore it and go anyway, and others would be saying, “tell me something I don’t know.” I’m not going to waste my time or yours. In the end, if you pay money to see this flick, You got Served.