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(2004), PG-13 -- ...a slice off the top of the R classification.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gotta Dance Inc., Melee Entertainment, Screen Gems Inc
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc.
Director(s): Chris Stokes
Producer(s): Ketrina 'Taz' Askew, Kris Cruz Toledo, Kevin Halloran, Marcus Morton, Billy Pollina, Raynelle Swilling, Cassius Weathersby, Amy Yukich
Written by: Chris Stokes
Cinematography/Camera: David Hennings
Music: Tyler Bates
Film Editing: Earl Watson
Casting: Monica Swann
Production Design: Maxine Shepard
Art Direction: Kitty Doris-Bates, Jason Weil
Viewed at: Hollywood Theaters South Freeway , 301 W. Rendon - Crowley Road, Burleson, Texas 76028
And you'll get served - with some fantastic athletics and dance floor agility if you decide to watch this PG-13 film in spite of what we reveal about its morality contents. Using some real life streetwise hip hop artists, You Got Served presents some of the finest breakdance routines which will inspire a few "I wish I could do that!" from you. With first weekend box office takes doubling the production costs, this "Fast n' Furious" of the dance floor shows how the tweenage dollar muscle can make a so-so film a success, a financial success anyway in spite of its immoral content. [Ps. 12:8; Jude 4]
You Got Served is another R-13
David, a.k.a., "D" (Omari Grandberry) and Elgin, a.k.a., "L" (Marques Houston) have been buds since young childhood. As they grew, their interests grew with them. They are now Dancers in a LA dance crew. D and L compete with other dance crews at Mr. Rad's dance club. Rad (Steve Harvey) offers the dance club as a substitute for gang and street violence. A $5000 pot awaits the winners of a duel involving L's crew and a crew from rich Orange County led by punk Wade (Christopher Jones).
D and L must come up with their share of the $5000 to compete. L asks his jewel of a grandmother (Esther Scott) for $1500 of the money which she provides. But the boys lose to Wade and his crew. Devastated, D & L get involved with Emerald, a drug lord. D & L become delivery boys in Emerald's drug ring to try to pay back all the people who loaned them money, including grandma. [Hab. 2:9] When Emerald calls for the boys to make a deliver, D is busy cooing (non-sexual) with L's gorgeous sister, Liyah (Jennifer Freeman) who is probably the most wholesome character in the cast. With D out-of-pocket, L takes the call on his own and gets jacked, brutally. This episode of L getting jacked and beat up because D was hitting on L's sister ended L's friendship with D. And D reciprocated.
After that melee, a dance-off called the Big Bounce (not associated with the movie Big Bounce) for $50,000 and an appearance on a music video came up and everyone wanted both D & L to patch up the broken friendship and join forces to win the dance-off. Amidst all this a new urgency surfaced. Younger brother of one of the dancers, Li'l Saint (Malcolm David Kelley), who kept trying to talk D into letting him dance with his crew, is killed in a drive-by shooting. It was this tragedy that brought D & L back together to give their best in the Big Bounce. And that they did.
Also giving her "best" was exhibitionistic, Kimberly 'Li'l' Kim' Jones played by herself as the emcee for the Big Bounce. I doubt there is any less that can be worn from the waste up and still call it being "dressed." She was a perfect example of one of our finding classifications, "Dressing to maximize the fe/male form and/or skin exposure." Jones' exposure was about as maximum as it could get clearly for anatomical display. [1Cor. 5:9]
Twenty uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary filled much of the 88 minutes of audio. [Prov. 8:13] God's name was used in vain only once and without the four letter expletive. While there were no noted uses of His name in vain with the four letter expletive, His name was still used in vain and even if only once. [Deut. 5:11]
Indeed, the CAP analysis model clearly revealed the concentration of ignominy was in Impudence/Hate [I} (foul language, arrogance, etc.) and Sexual Immorality [S]. All other of the six CAP investigation areas revealed relatively tame content in the respective areas (Wanton Violence/Crime [W], Drugs/Alcohol [D], Offense to God [O] and Murder/Suicide [M]).
Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you contemplate seeing this R-13 and especially before contemplating letting your little ones see it ("little ones" includes at-home teens).
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|