ByCharlotte, writer at
Period Drama and Foreign Language Film Enthusiast. Community Girl at Moviepilot and Creatorsdotco.

Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,

I've reached Day 4 of the "5 Day Recommendation Challenge", which is why I'll be talking about Step Up, a movie I loveee but critics hated. I've got to be honest, I don't understand why critics insist on hating on this movie. Seriously, If you're going to hate, then hate all the sequels that have been produced since. None of them are even remotely as awesome as the original (and its epic soundtrack). In my eyes Step Up was Channing Tatum's claim to fame, and I dare say for a very good reason. I mean, let's be honest, the man can dance!

Recommendation: Step Up (2006) Starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

Let's take a look at Step Up's synopsis. The film centers around Tyler Gage, played by Tatum, a troubled teenager who takes the blame for two if his friends after they vandalize a local dance school. Tyler ends up having to complete 200 hours of community service at the same school. It is here that he meets Nora Clark, played by Tatum's future wife Jenna Dewan, a senior at Maryland School of Arts. When Nora finds herself without a partner for her "senior showcase" she turns to Tyler for help, after having seen him dance hip-hop with his friends. Let's just say they grow closer, both on and off screen.

What Did the Critics Have to Say Again?

Displays atypical laziness and tone-deaf direction for a feature concerning the electric boogaloo secrets of the underprivileged. - Brian Orndorf (

It's the usual case of great dancing, bad acting and even worse dialogue in this very guilty pleasure for fans of the genre. - Anna Smith (Empire Magazine)

Step Up plods along as if feeding coins into a cliché meter. - David Elliott (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Ouch Ouch Ouch, That Has Gotta Hurt!

Though I doubt Channing Tatum nor Jenna Dewan cared much because they happened to fall madly in love with one another and ended up getting married a couple of years later. Oh and guess what haters, Channing is still showing off his dance moves in Magic Mike, which, for your information, just so happened to be a success. HA! Now let's get back to why I like Step Up. First of all, it's got a pretty decent soundtrack, featuring the likes of Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Chris Brown and Drew Sidora to name a few. Secondly, it's a fun and flirty dance movie. If you liked Save the Last Dance as much as I did then you'll like Step Up.

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5 Day Recommendation Challenge:

  • Day 1: Recommend a 90s Comedy (TV or Movie)
  • Day 2: Recommend a Cult Movie
  • Day 3: Recommend a TV Series That Ended Before its Time
  • Day 4: Recommend a Movie That Got Critically Panned
  • Day 5: Recommend a Comic Book Movie (that isn't Marvel or DC!)


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