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Dancing is allowed in the streets of London again: After two "Streetdance"-movies in which teenagers were allowed to perform their cool moves, now it's the kids' turn. One of them is Jaden (Akai Osei-Mansfield), who has to be shocked to learn that his beloved youth club is to be closed. This is what the passionate street dancer wants to prevent at all costs. His classmate Ethan (Theo Stevenson), who is known for his quick-wittedness and ingenuity, could help him. Too bad Ethan's got other things on his mind. He wants to impress a new classmate, but she only likes really talented dancers. Of course Ethan can't impress with his two left feet. But this is where he and Jaden come together. They want to put on a charity show whose furious finale will be a dance battle between Ethan's non-existent dance troupe and his rival's successful walk. Not only could the youth club be saved, but Ethan's lovesickness could also be quenched. But not only the search for a suitable crew for the battle proves to be a big stumbling block in this plan…
Strictly speaking, the "German" movie title "Streetdance Kids" is a deceptive package. Although the producers of the two "Streetdance" films were at work here as well, the film, originally called "All Stars", does not belong directly into the successful dance film series. But since the dramaturgical similarities are so striking and "Streetdance 2" had hardly anything to do with the original movie from 2010, it can be overlooked in a benevolent way. Because if you expect a child-friendly "Streetdance" movie because of the title, you get exactly that.
Surely, the dialogues aren't very profound, the dramaturgy is as worn out as the dancing shoes of professional street dancers and the characters are very clichéd. If you've ever seen a movie in your life, the outcome of the plot and its different strands will be clear to you very, very quickly. So if you expect something surprising and original, you won't leave the cinema cheerfully dancing, but rather in a hurry. But if you're looking for a child-friendly dancing experience, you'll find some nice moments here.
Thus there aren't only some nicely choreographed dance interludes, but also one or the other dream sequence to offer, which noticeably raise the entertainment value of the otherwise very ordinary little movie. The young actors do their job very well, whereas their adult colleagues act a bit too exaggerated - which isn't uncommon for a children's film, though. And subtlety isn't exactly the strength of the street dance kids anyway. The 3D effects, however, which are only used for the dance and dream sequences, are very convincing.
Lens view, "Streetdance Kids" is qualitatively not a very good movie. There is nothing that hasn't been so similar and even better seen in many other movies. Lots of clichés and many tired gags also don't contribute to the fact that the strip is suspect of being an award in any respect. Nevertheless, the film must be allowed to serve its young target group well, that the main characters are lovable sympathizers and that the visual realization is absolutely convincing in most moments. So if the dancers from "Streetdance" were too old for you and you want to see a fast, entertaining and sometimes very funny children's dance movie with a cool soundtrack, you can confidently overlook the obvious weaknesses and buy a ticket for "Streetdance Kids". Worth seeing with restrictions
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