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½ July 9, 2016
Aka the movie where no one ever stops fucking dancing. Somehow i ended up getting this movie and it's predecessor (made and released just a few months earlier) on a double blu ray set and drunkenly binged watch them both until the wee hours. The first movie is a cheesily enjoyable guilty pleasure of 80's cinema, this one, well, this is Electric Boogaloo. The legendary sub title becoming short hand for a bad, shark jumping sequel. The dude who made this seems to have no grip on what made the first movie connect with young people in the 80's, im seriously thinking that the guy hadn't even seen the first film in fact. The attitude seems to be, hey a few seconds has gone by lets get everyone dancing again for no fucking reason, thats what people liked last time right? so lets just keep doing that, and doing that again, and again. The main trio of Kelly (80's babe Lucinda Dickey, who i could honestly watch dancing all day in fairness) deeply irritating, Urkel voiced Turbo and moody Ozone, all seem to disappear into the film, the dancing and montages become so all encompassing that it becomes a fairly mentally distressing experience after a while. Once i got to the ridiculously terrible hospital scene i felt like id gone insane from being up really late being bombarded by endlessly jovial, candy colored 80's pop trash. But there is so much appeal to a movie this hopelessly sincere and unaware of itself, it truly can be an hilariously rubbish bit of fun, but id recommend watching very drunk and with friends who have a good reading on movies that are so unbelievably, terminally bad they become almost masterpieces of kitsch entertainment. There's even a cartoonishly evil, yuppie, corporate bad guy who wants to tear down the dance school to make way for a shopping mall! and a moral and social message about working together and being yourself, bless this film dumb film, it's terrible but the sort of terrible you have to watch and wonder at how it actually exists and was made by people who had working brains.
July 4, 2016
Culturally significant.
½ June 9, 2016
The sequel seems to have been even more rushed to be made than the original. Filled with a number of dance routines and another by-the-book script that features an effort to save a very popular community center from being demolished for a new shopping center by a wealthy developer. Hard to believe Special K turned down an education at Princeton to dance on the streets but I guess you can always go back to school.
½ June 6, 2016
Not loving this one as much...
½ May 30, 2016
Though its predecessor set a fairly low-bar for a sequel to be all that necessary, with a title as ridiculous as Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo a viewing was nothing short of being in demand.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo kicks off by presenting audiences with its cheap excuse for a story. This time, we gather that Kelly's parents are not happy with the life she has chosen for herself but she doesn't care, and Ozone has begun teaching breakdancing at a local community centre. This is clarified when Kelly asks him "So you're teaching class" to which he responds "Yeah I'm teaching class now". We could have gathered that from the simple "Yeah", but Ozone goes out of his way to clarify something viewers are already aware of, and its one of the many cases in which Ozone consistently repeats himself in the off-chance that . This is the first signifier to the mediocre nature of the screenplay, even though the style-over-substance nature of the preceding Breakin' (1984) clearly revealed this. But I guess if anyone is expecting clever writing, they shouldn't be watching a film which is actually titled Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. In actual fact, the script is so poor calibre that it goes beyond the low bar set by Breakin' and ends up having dialogue which is very laughable. This means that the cheesy writing in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo helps to bring fun into the experience.
The story in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is actually more compelling than the one in Breakin'. While both films have conventional and familiar tales, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo carries one with a stronger anti-establishment vibe in its undertones. Breakdancing is put to use to actually help the community out this time, and yet the film maintains a very lighthearted tone. Of course, once the film repeats the faults of its predecessor in terms of putting too much focus on protagonist Kelly rather than the more likable Ozone and Turbo, this is where it begins to take a downturn. The film oddly oscillates between her story and the bigger picture, the latter not minding to go into ridiculous territory at times. I mean, one scene actually depicts a bunch of characters in a hospital suddenly breaking out into dance with skinny female nurses joining in and injured patients suddenly bring cured of their injuries and capable of performing skilled choreography. Frankly, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo carries good intentions but proves incapable of deciding between narrative sensibility or a directionless groove. Somewhere along the way, viewers will just have to give up on hopes for anything more than a repeat of Breakin' in a different setting. And though the same charms may be returning, there is too much of a sense that it has all been done before simply because it actually has. Once again, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is simply a feature-length music video
Even though the gimmicks of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo have all been seen before, they are still entertaining the second time around. Of course, the film is aimed at the most diehard fans of the original or the most active breakdancing aficionados and do not carry the same modicum of innovation that they once did. But either way, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is a refreshingly well-choreographed sequel which carries a talented collection of dance sequences to match the groovy nature of its soundtrack. There is enjoyable dancing and plenty of it which manages to work its way into the scenes in the most random fashion as if the film is a sendup of musical cinema. The film frequently descends into being a self-parody which cares about nothing more than its dance choreography as the need for a story is completely disregarded, and if viewers can direct their focus away from the distinct lack of any sort of scriptural coherence so that they may enjoy the sight of breakdancing in the most heavily 80's fashion then they can certainly have some fun with Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. If you can't have fun with a film of such a title, then you don't need to look anywhere beyond it.
When it comes to the cast of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, viewers get much of the same experience they got the first time around. But then again, that logic applies to every facet of the film.
Lucinda Dickey is a star limited in her abilities once again. Kelly doesn't have to transition into being a breakdancer this time as she has already established that in Breakin' so the focus ends up being less on her and more on the bigger picture of things, but the film still manages to falter through putting too much focus on her. Once again she is a dull protagonist, and though viewers have come to expect it this time around it's just a shame that Sam Firstenberg repeats his same mistakes once again and emphasizes the lacklustre writing and shortage of charisma on behalf of Lucinda Dickey. The actress has picked up in talent since the first film and she is already into the breakdancing scene which means there is less messing around to cope with, but she still fails to show any spirit in the melodramatic scenes which really emphasize that her talents do not exceed that of the writer who actually titled this film Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. But there are still too many people pretending like she should be doing any acting and that is really one of the film's most major downfalls. Lucinda Dickey can't do anything special beyond dancing in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and any attempt that she makes to actually do so simply hits viewers over the head with this fact.
Luckily enough her performance is overshadowed by the presence of Adolfo "Shabba Doo" Quinones and Michael "Boogalo Shrimp" Chambers once again. These are the two who know the appropriate approach to the film and are all about the groove and not about pretending to act. They just dance their way through the film and use sass at anyone who questions them, and that's really what the film is all about. Shabba Doo and Boogaloo Shrimp manage to have plenty of fun with Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo and pass that energy on to the audience with gleefully free-spirited performances with more charisma than sensibility.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is ultimately a heavy repeat of its predecessor with the same lacklustre story, thin acting and gleeful dance choreography that made the first one popular. Unfortunately, this also means it's all been seen before.
May 5, 2016
20%!!!??? And you bums give Train Wrecked 80%!!!!??? which is one of the worst movies ever by the way.... Anyways this movie is great and unlike most movies is better than the 1st one which is good also. The critics on here are getting increasingly discreditable.
March 19, 2016
"With your intelligence and the opportunities I could prove. And what about that young friend of yours? That lawyer, what was his name? Derek. He wanted to marry you. Why did you break up with him?
"Derek's a nerd. You're the one who liked him, not me"
"At least she's not spending people with those street people, darling."
And that scene between the films heroine, Lucinda Dickey (a real-life Solid Gold Dancer), and her rich snooty parents pretty much sums up the drama for this very silly sequel to the surprisingly enjoyable first "Breakin'" film. The main drama here is that some rich people want to demolish a local community center in Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones and Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers' neighborhood to make way for redevelopment. There's another more personal wrong-side-of-the-tracks love story between Dickey and Shabba-Doo that entrails scenes like "You don't belong to Ozone. You don't belong in this neighborhood!" The first film was not just an enjoyable dance movie, but it was also a decent subculture story, where an outsider characters learns about the burgeoning breakdancing culture. Although that film was not exactly as gritty or real as "Boyz N the Hood" or as politically active as "School Daze," it did have a certain amount of realism and grit that was replaces in this sequel by bright dance colors, a story riddled with cliches and even dance numbers featuring dancing nurses and doctors. When the phrase "Electric Boogaloo" can now be added to any superfluous sequel (i.e. Sex and the City 2: Electric Boogaloo), that pretty much tells you that this film is a prime example of a sequel that really did not need to be made. However, in the film's favor, the three main leads are all very likable and Boogaloo Shrimp does have one memorable number doing a breakdancing Fred Astaire homage by dancing on the ceiling of his bedroom (which was achieved by borrowing the rotating room from the set of "A Nightmare On Elm Street"). Also in the film's favor is the nostalgia value of the film when it comes to 1980s fashion, dance and music, which I think is really the only reason for anyone to watch this film.
November 11, 2015
There's something about this that's so 80's, it's like how much more 80's could this be? And the answer is none. None more 80's.

For those of you who wonder what 1984 was really like, this is pretty much it. Bright colors, lots of spandex, and groups of charming misfits banding together to fight against the evil rich guys in order to save whatever it is they call home.
June 7, 2015
A plot would've been nice, to go along with the dancing.

"It is impossible to enter into any discussion without acknowledging that this is probably the greatest name to a sequel that has ever been given in the history of cinema."

I love that their violent opposition is resolved in spontaneous dance. And the people who dance worse retreat.

Why was I going for developers?

The lunch chase scene is one of the greatest things ever. As the kid steals the construction worker's lunch, you see his workmate throw down a map and helmet on the street, he was so infuriated. Then a dog joined the chase, then he fell down the stairs, via stunt double who looked like Fred Sanford. It was pure genius.
October 30, 2014
Great movie for the whole family with a good feel to it!
½ September 26, 2014
"We're gonna stop you cold."-Ozone (Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones)

I miss the the 80's.
July 18, 2014
Can't believe I enjoyed this as a kid.
½ March 29, 2014
three stars for the movie, a star and a half for "electric boogaloo" in the title.
February 23, 2014
Could have been way better
½ January 2, 2014
A group of dancers try to raise money to keep their community from being turned into a shopping mall. Not much more to the plot than that. Great to see Ice-T do a mini concert at the end and a sequence where someone is dancing up and down the walls and on the ceiling. The fashion is incredibly dated this movie is firmly stuck in the 80's. The look, the style, the tone, all 80's. It gives it a sort of charm, but that doesn't mean it is really that good. Kind of fun to watch all these years later and laugh that this might have been hip or cool at one point.
½ November 9, 2013
Anyone who doesn't live under a rock will instantly see that this movie's style is dated - even Ice-T (featured rapper in the film) called it wack. It combines a lot of the cheese from the 80s all in one: from the hairdos to the clothes you wouldn't find in anyone's closet today, to the lingo. However, in the context of its time, I think this is a great sequel. It brings back the lovable protagonists from the first film, supercharges them with a noble cause, and puts hip hop dance in the mainstream light. Even to this day, it's still pretty underground. What Breakin and Breakin 2 did was phenomenal for dancers. 30 years ago, in an age before online videos, a feature that included this much real hip hop dance was certainly more difficult to come by and more appreciated. The story itself isn't bad either. While cheesy and now cliche, this was one of the movies that pioneered a lot of the cliches we see in dance films now. There is a little bit of stuff overlooked in the plot (with some feuds unresolved or swept under the rug), but it's overall really positive. I smile just thinking about how many jobs the production gave for dancers.
October 24, 2013
I feel like if I tried to settle all my disbutes or altercations through the art of dance, somewhere down the line I would end up getting clubbed to death.
July 14, 2013
An accurate portrayal of life on the mean and all too cruel streets of Los Angeles in the 80s. I remember how the hoodlums would break into dance (or as the kids called it, "breakdance") for apparently no reason. But they believed in the beat! They believed in a miracle! Electro Rock for life, cabron!
May 11, 2013
I mean, Breakin' is Citizen Kane compared to Breakin' 2. Story about kids trying to save a community centre is filled with plot holes, implausabilities, and lots and lots of curious things going on. Oh yes, and breakdancing, lots and lots of breakdancing.
January 30, 2013
my rating is based on watching it when I was 10 years old - loved it then - will have to see it again
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