Film Review “Battlefield America”

Directed by: Chris Stokes
Starring: Gary Sturgis, Tristen M. Carter, Marques Houston, Kida Burns, Zach Balandres, Camren Bicondova, Edward Mandell, Kyle Brooks
Studio: Brian and Barrett Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 103 minutes

Our Score: 1 out of 5 stars

It is really rare that I have trouble finishing a film. Well let’s just say that “Battlefield America” was one of those films. I have seen “You Got Served” and enjoyed it quite a bit…it is hard to believe that this is from the same people. There has been many dance films to follow like the “Step Up” series, which I also love. But this one isn’t even in the same boat as those.  This is a kids version of “You Got Served, but even though kids are the focus but there is no way I would let my young kids see this film.

The film focuses on a young businessman who get sentenced to community service for getting in trouble with the law by only following his own rules. Not sure how but he goes from businessman to dance teacher but he ends up being a mentor and coach to a group of misfit kids and getting them into a underground dance competition.

Marques Houston, best known for his role in the TV series “Sister, Sister”, didn’t really fit in this film. His role in “You Got Served” was more interesting to watch. I wish they would have made the film more about dance and less his relationship and work ethics. When the film had dance scenes, they were fantastic but they were WAY too far and few between. If the film would have played the way it did after the opening scene, this would have turned out a whole lot different.  While watching this, I recall looking at the clock and expected this to be almost over and instead found out that it still had 40 minutes.  If you like dance films, you will be better off missing this one and save yourself two hours you won’t get back.

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