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Foywonder Wallows In YOU GOT SERVED!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Y’know, the guys who made this film were probably the only ones who weren’t surprised by the numbers this weekend. They knew that they were making a film for a specialty market, and that there was an audience for the movie. Everyone else is still scratching their heads, trying to figure out how a movie starring no one they’ve ever heard of opened to the biggest Super Bowl Weekend opening numbers ever.

And was our own Foywonder one of those people who was chomping at the bit to see this one before it came out? Evidently, because here he is with another testament to pain, just for you...

SPOILER WARNING!

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the movie BREAKIN’. My sister took me to see it when I was still a wee lad and we both had a really good time. While I personally was not into the whole breakdancing fad, I’m more than willing to admit that I am a white boy with all the rhythm of a pregnant yak (Credit Chiun, Master of Shinanju for the metaphor.), BREAKIN’ was light, breezy, cheesy fun. Two of the reasons why BREAKIN’ is still a popular movie is because it really is a great time capsule of mid-80’s pop culture as well as a celebration of that particular form of dance. BREAKIN’ was a very upbeat movie and despite not having the best acting or a particularly good script it is almost impossible to deny that the film’s joy and energy doesn’t spill over into the audience watching it.

YOU GOT SERVED is no BREAKIN’. Hell, it isn’t even LAMBADA.

The 80’s are back in full force as evidenced by the return of He-Man, Garbage Pail Kids, and 72 hour non-stop marathons of I Love The 80’s on VH1. Apparently breakdancing has also returned but don’t call it breakdancing anymore. No, the phrase breakdancing is never uttered once in this movie. Now it’s called street dancing. Why they didn’t just call the movie STREETIN’ is… Nevermind, STREETIN’ sounds really retarded.

Anyway, street dancing as best I can tell from watching the movie is a hybrid form of dance that combines the traditional forms and movements of breakdancing, rhythmic gymnastics, and epileptic seizures. I’m not going lie to you. Some of the street dancing scenes in YOU GOT SERVED are quite entertaining and the final dance sequence in particular is nothing short of dynamic. In fact, there was one moment during the big dance finale where one of the dancers did this amazing split-legged headstand which appeared to have been filmed using bullet time only after a few seconds you realize it wasn’t a camera trick but the guy was spinning himself in that position in super slow motion. When everyone in the audience realized this a round of applause erupted and I’d say the guy deserved it. It was an absolutely unreal maneuver that has to be seen to be believed but unfortunately, in order to do so you have to sit through the rest of the movie. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

As much as I praise the dance choreography for the most part, there was still an element to the dance scenes that I personally found ridiculous. The majority of the dance sequences are what are known on the street as “battles,” wherein two competing dance teams, or “crews” as they also say on the streets, go back and forth trying to one up one another, as about every other movement culminates in a lewd gesture being made at the other crew, with dance moves for a specified amount of time. When the time expires a judge steps in and decides the winner based on crowd applause. The winning crew gets the money that each team had to put up before competing.

As I watched these rival dance crews talk trash and make lewd gestures at one another I couldn’t help but to wonder if anyone out there really realizes how profoundly idiotic this all is. This isn’t a pick-up basketball or football game. It’s a talent show. It’s competitive dancing. Dancing is not usually looked upon as being amongst the most masculine or testosterone driven activities out there but here are these guys (and a few girls too) trash talking and posturing like pro wrestlers about how they kicked the other crew’s ass. Yes, kicked their ass – at dancing! It’s dancing, people! Could you imagine competitive ballroom dancers choreographing their dance moves so it ends with them mocking the competition by grabbing their crotches in a suggestive manner or bent over signaling for the competition to kiss their ass? Actually, more people would probably watch ballroom dance competitions if they did but I digress. While street dancing may be a more aggressive form of dance it is still just dancing and seeing it turned into an in your face game of one upsmanship struck me as one of the most retarded things I’ve seen in quite some time. When did something as simple as dancing get turned into not only a form of gambling, but a means by which respect is measured? Oh wait, I forgot that street credibility and keeping it real are what it’s all about today. I guess in that case YOU GOT SERVED accurately reflects the all important “I’m better than you, beeyotch!” mentality that permeating so many aspects of society today. You didn’t see those two breakdancers performing for the Pope giving each other the finger but then they weren’t Americans.

As I said earlier, BREAKIN’ had a shoddy script and questionable acting but it wasn’t so bad that it dragged the movie down. YOU GOT SERVED doesn’t escape that fate as it boasts what may be the laziest screenwriting I’ve seen in a long, long time and mind you I have seen TORQUE. At least TORQUE never got hung up on hackneyed melodrama. Take the energetic dance routines out of YOU GOT SERVED and all you’re left with is what I suspect What’s Happening! would be like if reinvented as a really boring drama by UPN.

How’s this for a pedigree? YOU GOT SERVED stars a member of the hip hop group IMX, his brother who is a member of the group B2K, other members of B2K in supporting roles, and the writer, director, and producer of the movie is the manager for both groups. The ultimate irony here is that B2K split up not too long ago. Not soon enough if you ask me.

YOU GOT SERVED is the tale of Elgin and David, best friends looking to escape life in South Central Los Angeles but I don’t see how this will ever happen as the only thing they ever seem to do is dance and shoot hoops. Their only means of making money comes from winning dance battles with their crew but to raise money to compete in them they occasionally serve as couriers for Emeril, a local gangsta who looks like Notorious B.I.G. if he had lived and gone on to swallow Suge Knight. I don’t think it was ever established if they’re couriering drugs or drug money for Emeril as the contents of the backpacks they transport is never revealed on only referred to as Emeril’s “stuff”. Either way they’re really nonchalant about it and that doesn’t exactly paint these two in a good light in my book.

Elgin and David’s crew is considered the best crew in the hood and before long they find themselves being challenged by another crew from Orange County of all places led by an obnoxious rich white boy with a Billy Idol sneer and Dragonball Z hair. Elgin and David are both amused and insulted that some millionaire’s son from the O.C. would dare to want to come down to their neighborhood, the same one they talk of wanting to get the hell out of, and look to take their crown. However, the challenge is for $5000 and Elgin and David tell their crew they will put up on their own money, and take a larger chunk of the winnings too, but $5000 is something they don’t quite have. $1500 short, Elgin visits his grandmother and after explaining to her about the evil rich honky’s challenge and how his street credibility is at stake she responds by giving him a speech on the importance of earning respect and then proceeds to give him the money. First of all, I don’t think gambling on dance battles is what Aretha Franklin had in mind when she sang R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Secondly, I want this woman to be my grandma. I’ll just tell her how some of the talkbackers were mean to me and then walk out of the house with a cool grand in my pocket.

I might as well mention that all of these dance battles take place inside a warehouse owned by Mr. Rad. As most of you know, Congress passed a constitutional amendment a few years back requiring Steve Harvey to appear in every movie geared towards a young “urban” audience so here he is as Mr. Rad. The producers must have shot him with a tranquilizer dart before every scene he’s in because this is the most subdued I’ve ever seen the habitual scene chewer. One thing I found amusing about his character is how he genuinely seems to care about the kids that compete in his warehouse and always preaches to them about friendship and sportsmanship but whenever things start getting too heated he tells them to “save that for the street” so he apparently doesn’t have any problem with the possibility of the rivalries leading to spilled blood just as long as the blood isn’t spilled on his property.

Things start going bad for the less than dynamic duo when the O.C. crew defeats them thanks to some backstabbing by a fellow crew, who didn’t think he potential cut of the purse was big enough so he jumped sides and taught the O.C. crew all of Elgin and David’s routines. The loss also prompts the first use of the film’s title as the evil jiggy WASP gets in their face and tells them “You suckas got served!” prompting much laughter from the audience. Somehow I just don’t think that phrase is going to catch on. David then vows to get payback on the traitor but that whole subplot is never brought up again. Also, David has begun romancing Elgin’s sister Liyah and that doesn’t sit well with Elgin creating tension between the two. David is out on a date with Liyah and because she turned off his cell phone he doesn’t get an urgent call from Elgin about making an important delivery for Emeril ASAP. I’m not exactly sure why either of them need a cell phone seeing as how neither of them have a real job and they don’t seem to do anything other than play basketball, practice their dance moves, and just stand or sit around “keepin’ it real.” Elgin has to go it alone and ends up getting jumped inside a crack house where his leg gets badly injured and Emeril’s “stuff” gets stolen. So now with his leg in a splint and in serious trouble with the neighborhood gansta, Elgin blames on David for not being there, declares their friendship over, and once again orders him to stay away from his sister. Liyah is desperate to get the best friends back together and their crew also has divided loyalties as David starts his own crew which a few of them jumped to.

It’s in this portion of the film that Elgin sits on a couch talking about how the doctors told him his leg will never be the same again meaning his dancing and basketball playing days are over. This prompts him to say, “I can’t dance. I can’t play basketball. What am I supposed to do now?” Oh, I don’t know. Maybe you could go out and get a friggin’ job like the rest of us? Instead what he ends up doing is, I kid you not, doing a training montage straight out of a ROCKY movie with him performing leg stretching exercises and weight training. With this he miraculously heals his leg and the subject of it never being 100% again is never brought up. However, his personal well being is still in jeopardy as Emeril makes it perfectly clear to him that he’ll make sure he never walks again unless he gets paid back for the “stuff” he lost. Emeril is nice enough to give him a few weeks to do so and it’s just Elgin’s luck that The Big Bounce is coming up in a few weeks. No, not that new Owen Wilson movie that ironically opened the same weekend as this film. No, The Big Bounce is this big street dancing competition where the winning team gets $50,000 and will appear in a Lil’ Kim music video. Elgin vows to put a crew together and win The Big Bounce so he can pay Emeril and his grandmother back and fulfill his dreams of street dancing stardom.

So after a mini music video consisting of Elgin and David performing slow motion dance moves in a pounding rainstorm in what is obviously just an excuse to pad the film and get them shirtless and wet, it’s off to The Big Bounce. It will come down to five teams that will compete in the finals the next day. David’s team does not advance but Elgin’s does as well as those cheatin’ wiggers from Orange County.

Oh, remember that whole subplot about Elgin desperately needing the money to pay Emeril back or end up getting kneecapped? Mr. Rad shows up at the dance-off and informs Liyah that he’s already taken care of Emeril by sicking a cop friend on him but he’s not going to tell him or David just yet because he thinks they both deserve to sweat it out a bit more. Yes, an entire major subplot is done away with off camera and then completely dropped. The two main characters don’t even bring the subject up again in the movie despite never giving any indication that they’ve been told by anyone what went down. Have I mentioned how pathetic this movie’s script is?

One thing I know I haven’t mentioned is that there’s been this precocious little kid that a member of Elgin’s crew serves as a big brother for. Known as Lil’ Saint, the kid is always showing up and asking to become a member of their crew but is always being told that he’s still to small to compete with them. I was absolutely positively convinced that this kid would end becoming a part of the crew for the big finale and turn out to be some dancin’ machine that would blow everyone away. You know what I’m talking about because we’ve all seen this sort of character before. Well, the writers of YOU GOT SERVED weren’t having any of that because the kid ends up getting gunned down in an (off-camera) drive-by instead. At the end of the first day of competition, they get a phone call about it and all rush to the hospital where the doctor has to tearfully break the news to them that Lil’ Saint died prompting some major league overacting on the part of the despondent crew. Somehow I don’t think the screenwriter meant for this turn of events to generate laughter from the audience but that’s what he got. The hospital scene is so laughably overwrought down to the overly overly dramatic score that the crowd I saw the movie with was giggling all through it.

This is followed up with the scene where Liyah gets Elgin and David in the same room and how Lil’ Saint’s death shows how life is too short. We’ve all seen movies with scenes like this so we know this is where the former friends will patch things up and go back to being best friends. Nope, not this time. The scene ends and they’re still at each other’s throats. I’m all for screenwriters avoiding clichés but for crying out loud, these are two occasions where they should have just used the damn clichés.

It’s the next day at the finals of The Big Bounce and Elgin’s crew has officially adopted the name The Lil’ Saints and even have hats with Lil’ Saint airbrushed on them and one crew member is wearing a T-shirt with a huge airbrushed picture of this kid. So in their state of mourning they found the time to track down an all night airbrush artist? I mean what the hell? Lil’ Kim shows up and serves as one of the judges, albeit a judge wearing a teeny weenie bikini top that she’s on the verge of busting out of. The camera makes absolute certain to get her breasts right in the eye line of every close-up she’s has. In what should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, the competition results in a tie between the O.C. crew and the Lil’ Saints. Nobody’s happy about this especially the two crews who nearly get into a brawl. Fortunately Mr. Rad comes running down out of the stands and gets in Lil’ Kim’s ear suggesting they settle it in a battle just like they do on the street. She didn’t seem to give a damn what this man had to say, and frankly I think her bodyguards would have annihilated a guy like him before he even got with three feet of her in real life, until he uttered those two magic words – the street.

I swear to God you could play a drinking game based around the use of the term “the street”, as it is the most commonly used phrase in the movie. Everything is about “the street”. They should have done something like the special word of the day on PeeWee’s Playhouse and have everyone scream and go nuts every time someone says “the street.”

The mention of “the street” makes Lil’ Kim’s eyes light up like Marlon Brando’s when someone says the words “all you can eat buffet” and so she approves of a final winner takes all battle between the two crews right then and there. This being the final showdown it’s of course now time for Elgin and David to suddenly, inexplicably patch things up and reunite their original crew. There’s even a last minute ringer for their side. An old friend that had given up battling, who we the audience had never seen before but did hear mentioned in passing by a couple of the characters in the movie, comes out of retirement to rejoin the crew for this final climactic showdown against the forces of well-to-do whiteness. Sure enough, the Lil’ Saints tear the house down through the use of psychic choreography, that uncanny ability possessed by a group of dancers in a movie that have had no time to prepare a routine yet magically put on a perfectly synchronized performance right there on the spot. The highlight of this high-energy routine is that ringer who does some truly incredible moves and easily steals the show. Of course they win and then the evil white boy gets in their face one last time just so our heroes can fire back by zinging him with the movies title. Everyone cheers some more and the closing credits roll.

A couple of really good dance routines are the only saving grace of this otherwise dull and downright dismal movie that will be forgotten faster than you can say BEAT STREET. Alas, there is no Shabba Doo or Booglaoo Shrimp to be found in this movie. There isn’t even a Lucinda Dickey. Seeing as how the audience I saw the movie with reacted to the two on-screen uses of the film’s title in much the same way that Eddie Murphy reacted to walking by the two guys wearing “Thriller” jackets in BEVERLY HILLS COP, perhaps the phrase YOU GOT SERVED will one day make the movie memorable in much the same way ELECTRIC BOOGALOO has helped give the woefully inferior BREAKIN’ 2 a foothold in pop culture. Anyone who dares attempt to use the phrase “you got served” as a serious diss should be beaten to a pulp instantly.

- The Foywonder

Thanks, man. As always, you do the things we’re all afraid to do, and you come out of it with the most wonderful things to say. Good work.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Feb. 4, 2004, 9:17 a.m. CST

    The end of AICN is near....

    by IAmLegolas

    "How did it come to this?" - Theoden, THE TWO TOWERS

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Pop culture sinks low to make money

    by mbaker

    There's the reason why so many commercials suck these days, They're all in it for money. Now i'm all in favor of capitalism, but with the crazy stunts we've seen over the years, Coorperate America has given capitalism a very bad name. After the notorious Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake publicity stunt garnered some unwanted attention, Pepsi sent an angry letter to CBs. Claiming that the event got more attention than their latest Superbowl spot. Ironically, Pepsi, had a Superbowl spot that glorified downloading music illegally with a group of convicted fellons admitting to downloading music. Laughing over the fact that they got away with it, and that they're now famous. See how hypocritical these people are? They'll stoop to all sorts of lows to make money. No matter how offensive, or retarded the commercials may be, they want you to remember the commercial so that you go out and but the product. Advertising, and pop music have alot in common. When people get tired of their product, and switch to a new product, they resort to crazy publicity stunts to get back their customers. If these coorperations wanted you to remember their product, they should at least show some respect to their customers, and make something great for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, they don't understand that. So they shoot for the lowest common denominator because they assume that your all stupid, and won't care either way. Plus, it also has to do with athe nihilistic mentality that standards are silly. When Rush Limbaugh admitting to taking pain killers, the pointed the finger at him. Hoping to free themselves from critisism. However, Rush took the advice of his doctor. He didn't take it upon himself to take the drugs like most celeberties do. These people want to do away with standards by creating an impossible standard for their critics to reach so that they can continue to do whatever it is they want reguardless of the consequences. If that's coorperate America's position on the customers, let's send them a message by not buying their products. So do yourself a favor, and ave 15 percent, or more on nihilistic stupidity by switching to products with common sence. Let's see if that gives the advertising, and music industry something to talk about.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 10:23 a.m. CST

    mbaker, I agree

    by Jumpstart

    The only problem is, not everyone thinks like you or me. They don't really pay that much attention. People don't like to think that much. They take what's handed to them and call it a culture (that's why no-talents like Timberlake and Spears are still famous, because the music industry refuses to offer us better. Hell, it refuses to offer us alternatives. I refuse to call Matchbox 20 or Avril alternatives) And since most people are not willing to even go out of their own way to discover more than what's handed to them, they'll always buy the items that have big breasts, nipple shields and tear-away bustiers.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Shhhhtraight Shhhrteet

    by Phildogger

    Could this review have been any longer? I feel like I could have watched this movie faster. Anyways, It seem this movie has made money, which means we may have to deal with more ghetto crap films soon. Could someone please tell me why the Letter "H" is now a part of any word that begins with "S-T"??? I remember English class, but don't remember the words "Shtreet", "Shtraight" or "Shtop" sounds like Ebonics is alive and well.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 10:43 a.m. CST

    What I want to know is why in hip hop culture one must thump the

    by TheFoywonder

    Hmmm...it took 5 talkback posts before someone got around to complaining about it being too long. I think that's a new record. I don't write your typical review, people. In fact, I've started calling them diss-ections just because what I write is more than just a review.

  • Let's dance, BROTHER!

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 11:19 a.m. CST

    You've been Served

    by FarfrumWorkin

    Am I the only one who can't help but think of the british show "Are You Being Served?" whenever I hear this title?

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 11:22 a.m. CST

    "Everybody, let's DANCE!"

    by FrankCobretti

    Christopher Guest rocks. I couldn't get that line out of my head while reading this piece. Nice work (as usual), Foy.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 11:25 a.m. CST

    You Got Served kicks The Butterfly Effect's ASS!

    by Trav McGee

    Why do the rivalries always have to be Marvel, Star Wars, or LOTR related? Once again, Foywonder, thanks for making a review of a movie a frame of which I'd never consider watching without a gun to my head (and even then I'd request confirmation that all six chambers were loaded) a much better use of my time and money than watching said film ever could be. Another bravura write-up. And if you're waiting for someone to say "'You Got Served'... GOT SERVED!" well, there you go. Nobody else need to. I jumped on the grenade. You're welcome or I apologize, or something.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 11:35 a.m. CST

    guest

    by dogassjackson

    'Where did it come from?' 'It musta flew.' -Corky

  • First off, I'm sure this movie suck, and the melodrama about "respect" is blown way out of proportion. Second, it's ego breeding usually healthy competition. When people rap or dance or plays balls or whatever, they're usually pretty confident and cocky about it and gets a name for himself. Then someone ELSE, who's jealous and considers himself better, tries to be better. Sometimes it gets violent, most of the time it's just playful one-uppance. And it's about respect because *CLICHE ALERT* it's the most they can get doing what they do.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one sick of the YOU GOT SERVED vs. STAR WARS compa

    by CranialLeak

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 12:53 p.m. CST

    All you "You Got Served" people ain't nothing next to "Breakin'"

    by Holly_Wight

    Is that the kind of rivalry you wanted? I have a problem with this movie. I almost spent money on it, because I thought "You Got Served" might be an urban American version of "Are You Being Served?", which it most definitely is not! Why, I didn't see ANY Mrs. Slocombe character on the screen at all, although for a minute I thought Steve Harvey might be the new black version of Mr. Humphries. --- Hey! How about it? A black version of "Are You Being Served?" would be great! They could call it "Whatchu Want, Bitch?" and instead of being Grace Brothers high-end department store, it takes place in the neighborhood Burlington Coat Factory. It would star Halle Berry as Miss Shirley Brahms, Little Richard as Mr. Humphries, Dick Gregory as Captain Peacock, Tiny Lister as Mr. Rumbold, Richard Pryor (in makeup, though not very much) as Mr. Grace, Della Reese as Mrs. Slocombe, Kelis as Mr. Grace's Sexretary, Vivica A. Fox as Mr. Grace's Nurse, and Bernie Mac as Mr. Harman. Guest starring Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, and the entire Wayans family as customers. The show would be about the wacky antics of a group of Burlington Coat Factory clerks, and their manager "Cap'n Peacock" who is a war verteran, and the head of the local Eartha Kitt fan club (of course, we get a guest shot out of this). The crisis is that the city wants to shut down "da BCF" (Burlington Coat Factory) and Mr. Grace is too inept to save it. His loyal staff, desperate to save their jobs and stay together, must band together to rescue da BCF from the city planners. To do this, they must have a BIG sale, complete with a performance of "Milkshake" by Kelis to bring the people in to the store. At the end, they barely squeak by with enough money because Sherman "George Jefferson" Helmsley and Gary Coleman stop by to purchase 1000 new suits for a charity they are sponsoring- "Fly Threads For The Homeless" -and their purchase just barely offsets the amount needed to pay for clean-up, Kelis' bill, and all the shoplifting that occurred that day. The breakout performance is Tiny Lister's "We gotta save the store, man!" speech. NOTE: This script can be easily altered to become a Latino or White Trash version instead.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Style Wars and Wild Style!!!!!!!!

    by TedSallis

    Two great movies for breakdancing!! I think these are really the only 2 and their both like 20 Years old!!!!

  • then you are a lousy writer. I certainly couldn't read it all. Nice Chiun, Master of Shinanju reference, though! (Although what you wrote was a simile, not a metaphor; not that it matters much.)

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 1:45 p.m. CST

    When I first heard the title.....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    I thought it was going to be a movie about process servers who have a rather imprecise grasp on English grammar. Actually, that sounds a lot better than this crap. Thanks Foy.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I saw it so sue me, it was bad save the dance battles, but yes I

    by The Founder

    While I'm no fan of B2K, I will admit that the dance battles looked cool, which they were, but the rest of the film was sterotypical trash. The funny thing is to see them two brothers try and speak in hardcore thugged out slang, when in fact they aren't even from the 'HOOD". They look like they'll pee their pants if you went boo. The movie could have been a classic movie of this genre had a real screevwriter with talentcame up with a story to center around the dance battles. Look this movie did well because the group B2K is poplar among teen girls, which it's kind of funny now that the group has broken up after only like a year hitting the scene.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 1:53 p.m. CST

    you got quinlan

    by hank quinlan

    I didn't think it was too long. I thought it was hilarious. This movie sounds just as hilarious as I thought it would. My brother is a bartender. All last wek when he gave someone a drink, he'd say YOU GOT SERVED SUCKA. Nobody got the joke. I do hope you got served reaches boogaloo status.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 2:07 p.m. CST

    oh snap!

    by Exide

    you got served! word to your momma! for schnizzle! additional generic african american exclamation! holla!

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Lets break it down, shall we......?

    by Manaqua

    I have no doubt this movie sucks, regardless of the dancing involved, but its clear the reviewer is lacking some knowledge in the field of b-boys and hip hop. There really are battles that are in fact quite the machismo display of skill and athleticism and yes they are dancing. I've been to a few over the past year. This isn't the 'breakin' that we grew up on. The kids now days are on some next level shit and then some. Dude spins on his head in slowmotion? Big whoop. Thats standard. I'm sure this movie has about as much to do with b-boyin as breakin did when it came out. A watered down media interpretation of a subculture outsiders will never understand. Thats why Wild Style and Style Wars are still the standards. They are real. Wild Style is a fictional story, but the players are all plucked right off the street, shot verite style. Style Wars is straight doc and its dope as hell. And for my money? As far as Hollywood shit, Beat Street is the superior film to Breakin', and Body Rock was the nail in the coffin. LOL. M

  • You learn something new every day; well, the more naive of us do anyway.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 3:05 p.m. CST

    So Manaqua, you're saying that YGS doesn't do justice to its mil

    by FrankCobretti

    I'm shocked. Shocked! I've only heard of one modern mainstream (Join Alliteratives Anonymous already!) movie really nailing its milieu, and that's Black Hawk Down. Food for thought.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 3:58 p.m. CST

    what the deuce?!?!

    by Mr Nuff

    since when did freaking site start catering to those pop/rap teen boppie punks?? im at a loss. are you guys going to start reviewing the next disney/mandy moore/lizzie mcguire/britney/nsync/piece of crap thats gonna come out. Just tell me now, so I dont have to come back to this site. i can find my movie news at another site because this is a new low. its sad, really.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Color me urban

    by BillEmic

    I myself was rather shocked at the box office returns for this film...I honestly thought that this whole "urban" trend was on its way out, albeit slowly. In my mind, Western civilization is surely crumbling at the hands of so-called "hip" and "cool" socialites that can't even construct proper sentences. The image is manufactured, the look relentlessly ripped off and hemogonized, and the products are unwatchable/unlistenable. You Got Served is just the latest in a long line of said properties; and I find its thinly veiled drug subtext and complete disregard for proper grammar to be disturbing. I'm tired of the mainstream media pandering to this (in the words of Tool) "gun-toting, hip gangster wannabes". If urban is cool, then let me forever be square.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Foy!!

    by theBigE

    I've had a crappy day - car stuck in the driveway, garbage can tipped on me and cut my leg, lousy job ..... thanks, Foy, more making me laugh out loud half a dozen times with your review! All of you fanboy nerds that don't appreciate Foy's reviews can go sort your comic books or imagine talking to a real woman for a change - don't waste your time criticizing Foy. Keep up the good work, Foywonder!

  • You're not square 'cuz you're not "urban." You just.... are, especially using terms like "hip" and "square." LOL. On another note, I'd bet a $100 some old rich white executive came up with the term "urban."

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Moriarty, I completely disagree...

    by Nuts

    ...the weak ass script, plot holes the size of the Grand Canyon, and the horrible acting are the best parts of the movie. This is by far, the BEST comedy I have seen this year. When it comes out on DVD, I will be the first in line to buy it. I highly recommend this movie for anyone who wants to laugh hard.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 9:13 p.m. CST

    BillEmic stop hatin!! Ha Ha HA

    by The Founder

    Seriously dude stop being a hater. You have every right not to like Urban culture, but I think you need to look to Corporate suits who have these artists speaking and putting out a certain image. Hiphop going mainstream has caused the genre to suffer, because of white 50 year old execs, who haven't got a clue as to what is urban, but unfortunatly they are the ones who have the power, and they think they know what is hip and cool, and what image of black artists to market to the white mainstream. I agree with you, I hope hiphop culture does go out from the mainstream, so the urban artists can get it back on track.

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 9:42 p.m. CST

    George Cosmatos..director of Cobra & Rambo:First Blood part 2

    by OsamaBinBlofeld

    I thought of the BBC show "Are You Being Served?" as well when I heard the title of this unoriginal dreck. Turbo and Ozone should teach those heffers a lesson or 2. Unless they're chicken. bawkk bawkk bawkk bawkk

  • Feb. 4, 2004, 9:59 p.m. CST

    That Review was way too long for a shitty movie like that

    by Rcamacho2278

    honestly that movie doesnt deserve all that space, and my life is too short to read a whole review based on such a stupid fucken movie, You suckers got served? shut the fuck up...

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 3:56 p.m. CST

    E.C.

    by perryfarrell

    you're probably right, since the rich white executive would probly get sued off his ass if he just said "black".

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 3:58 p.m. CST

    i know

    by perryfarrell

    they should make a version of "you got served" set in the UK about street gangs competing in drinking battles for cash.

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 4:01 p.m. CST

    why have no talkbackers accused any other talkbackers of being r

    by perryfarrell

    this board sucks.

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 5:58 p.m. CST

    why have no talkbackers accused any other talkbackers of being r

    by perryfarrell

    this board sucks.

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 5:59 p.m. CST

    lawrence

    by perryfarrell

    "i'm looking for my pussy... have you seen my pussy?"

  • Hey, If Harry wants to move from gerne films to mainstream crap, he should at least alter some of the catchphrases so that they appeal to the masses.

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 7:08 p.m. CST

    You Got Served: This movie is RACIST

    by THE DUDERINO

    I find it funny how the only two white people portrayed in the entire trailer are the snobby two lead dancers for the "enemy" team.

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Black/hip hop fashions look STUPID

    by THE DUDERINO

    There hasn't been an UGLIER set of fashion since hippies were around! Black clothing is the ugliest crap in America today. Ball caps and visors worn sideways is the WORST one. People that wear a visor sideways look LAME. You look like a dipshit. It makes you look effeminate, and gay. People that wear basketball jerseys are pathetic. You might as well wear a Star Trek outfit or a big wizard hat and call yourself Gandalf. You remind me of anime fans that dress up as their favorite characters, or those dorks that dress up as Klingons.The only reason you wear it is because of a fantasy. The only difference is basketball jerseys look even WORSE. That's right, basketball jerseys are uglier than Klingon outfits. Baggy pants, I could go on but what hasn't already been said about baggy pants. They're hip hop's favorite way of saying you're a huge tool. Do rags look like something a pirate would wear, and are basically black people's inferior and uglier version of a bandana. But we all know if black people and wiggers started wearing bandanas the Hell's Angels would kill them all. "Bling bling", we all know why blacks wear so much jewelry, they feel inferior and get status symbols to make them feel worth something. They wear so much it looks TACKY though. They end up wearing 25 pounds of "ice" on their bodies along with a lime green denim outfit and a fur coat. Hip hop fashion manages to take the classiest things and still come out looking trashy.

  • Feb. 5, 2004, 10:43 p.m. CST

    !!!!!!HAB !?!?!?devres tog uoY

    by DonMagicWan

    You read about movies like this and wonder why they don't just start slapping on the black jig grease and plucking some chickens! *Arrrggghhh!!!!* As a black male in his 20s, I honestly have to say that I'm embarrassed that a film like this can still be made in 2004. I love Hiphop and Soul music, and I have to say that B2K represents everything the music and culture should not. It's prepackaged pimps and whoes.

  • Feb. 6, 2004, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Any review that looks at

    by BlackBeltJones

    Breakin' in a positive light must mean that the movie sucks. I love Breakin' the movie, but I also accept that it is a bad movie. Slightly off subject, but I find it amusing that Breakin' was Jean Claude Van Damme's first or Second movie. He was one of the dancers in the Venice dance scene with the guy on crutches. The Belt Has Spoken!

  • Feb. 6, 2004, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen this movie, but let me say this...

    by TV CASUALTY

    There's nothing more pathetic than a bunch of white boys talking about racism and getting outraged over a movie like this. Understand - this movie is not for you. You are not the intended demographic. Getting irate over it is stupid and occasionally ignorant. Getting outraged that black people aren't offended is the most offensive thing I've read, because it assumes that black people are too stupid to be offended. You have no right to decide what movies are bad or good for someone.

  • Feb. 6, 2004, 11:30 a.m. CST

    tv casualty

    by perryfarrell

    oh chill the fuck out.