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Release Date: January 30, 2004

Starring: Marques Houston, Omari Grandberry, Jennifer Freeman, Jarell Houston, Malcolm David Kelley, Steve Harvey, and Meagan Good

Genre: Musical Drama

Audience: Teenagers and young adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 93 minutes

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Content:

(Pa, C, B, LL, V, DD, M) Pagan worldview where earning money by winning dance contests motivates protagonists, with some Christian elements including one brief prayer, and some moral elements; 20 obscenities, two light profanities, and a couple of obscene gestures; thugs beat up one man, criminal threatens young man, people visit boy in hospital after he is critically shot during gang shooting, and some fighting; some suggestive dancing and grandmother asks boy if he’s having sex; some shots of female cleavage, especially of singing star whose top barely covers her bosom; no alcohol; smoking and possible drug dealing; and, stealing and other apparent criminal activity.

GENRE: Musical Drama

Summary:

In YOU GOT SERVED, two leaders of a street dancing crew must put aside their differences in order to win a $50,000 dance contest. YOU GOT SERVED has very mixed moral messages, some foul language, and a few suggestive dance moves.

Review:

YOU GOT SERVED is a musical drama set inside the competitive world of urban street dancing, a combination of hip hop and break dancing. Elgin and David are the leaders of the most successful dance crew in Los Angeles. They beat everyone who challenges them. Each crew, however, has to put up the money for each contest, which is winner-take-all. Elgin and David’s crew lose a major battle to another crew led by a white guy named Wade, who wins because one of their pals switches sides and gives Wade’s crew all of their best moves.

Unknown to Elgin, David goes out with Elgin’s sister, Liyah. The secret date makes David late for Elgin’s courier job for the local crime boss, Emerald. As a result, some local thugs beat up Elgin and take his delivery. Feeling betrayed, Elgin starts his own crew. Can he and David heal their rift in time to win a $50,000 contest sponsored by MTV?

The worldview of YOU GOT SERVED is very mixed. For example, although David, Elgin, and their crew view their dancing as a way to avoid the violence and profanity of local gangs, David and Elgin make deliveries for the local crime boss (the movie never tells viewers what those deliveries are). There are no real consequences to them for engaging in such sinful activity. Other parts of the movie contain similar mixed messages. YOU GOT SERVED deserves an extreme caution, therefore. It’s also not nearly as entertaining as HONEY, another recent movie set in the world of hip hop dancing that had much stronger positive qualities.

In Brief:

YOU GOT SERVED is a musical drama set inside the competitive world of urban street dancing, a combination of hip hop and break dancing. Elgin and David lead the most successful dance crew in Los Angeles. They lose a major battle, however, to another crew when one of their pals switches sides and reveals all of their best moves. Unknown to Elgin, David goes out with Elgin’s sister, Liyah. Consequently, David misses their courier job for the local crime boss, and some thugs beat up Elgin and take his delivery. Feeling betrayed, Elgin starts his own crew. Can he and David heal their rift in time to win a $50,000 contest sponsored by MTV?

The worldview of YOU GOT SERVED is very mixed. For example, although David, Elgin, and their crew view their dancing as a way to avoid the violence and profanity of local gangs, David and Elgin make deliveries for the local crime boss (the movie never tells viewers what those deliveries are). There are no real consequences to them for engaging in such sinful activity. Other parts of the movie contain similar mixed messages. YOU GOT SERVED therefore deserves an extreme caution.