In order for Stomp the Yard to succeed as quality moviemaking, it needed to raise itself up by the bootstraps and give audiences some fresh dance moves. Moviegoers have, after all, seen this sort of story very recently under the titles Stick It, Step Up, and Take the Lead-?inner city youth makes good on the dance floor. Worse yet, this reviewer can honestly say that outside of switching a drum kit for step dancing, Stomp the Yard comes dangerously close to plagiarizing the school drum corps drama Drumline. Not only does Stomp the Yard relish an obvious resemblance to movies of its ilk, it even embraces the shortfalls that dogged them, exuding all of the cocksureness of an MTV video.
In the PG-13-rated Stomp the Yard, an inner city youth (Short) attends Atlanta?s historic Truth University to escape his troubled past, overcoming adversity by implementing street-style dance moves into a fraternity?s step team.
Multiple dance-offs? Check. Romancing the opponent?s girl? Check. Multiple dance-offs? Check. The lead being called a loser who will amount to nothing? Check. Multiple dance-offs? Check. Life-changing street altercation? Check. Did this reviewer mention the dance-offs? Sadly, Stomp the Yard fails to play its one ace card, effectively documenting the unique world of step dancing. Rather than let the action play out in longer takes and allow visage to the choreographed beauty of the animated dance movement, this film utilizes a constant barrage of quick-edits, demonstrating the music video industry?s unfortunate and obvious stranglehold on modern filmmaking.
Bottom line: Drumline without the drum kit.