Battle of the Year

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Battle of the Year (2013)

PG-13 110 min - Music, Drama - 21 September 2013

A down-on-his-luck coach is hired to prepare a team of the best American dancers for an international tournament that attracts all the best crews from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years.

Director:  Benson Lee

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Storyline

A down-on-his-luck coach is hired to prepare a team of the best American dancers for an international tournament that attracts all the best crews from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years.


Collections: Benson Lee

Genres: Music, Drama

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Language:  English
Release Date:  21 September 2013

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Screen Gems

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 50 min
by Ginger

If you love Hip Hop and you love dancing, you will love Battle of the Year. The story centers around a dance team with a vision and on a mission. This dream team in the world of dance has only three months to whip themselves into shape before the big competition. How big, you ask? This parental guide to movies has the story, in full surround sound.

Battle of the Year is an international dance competition that attracts the best team in the world. The competition is based on a real dance world championship that is held every year in France. Hip Hop is an American dance form, but the Americans have not brought back the trophy in 15 years. This dream team is about to change that. The ability of the team to do his depends on former championship basketball coach Blake. The dream team consists of a team of hand selected top dancers, selected by Hip Hop dance mogul Dante. Dante is a long time friend of Blake and believes that he has what it takes to whip the team in shape in time for then big competition.

Blake is going to have to use every trick he knows from his days as a basketball coach. He needs to find a place where the team will not be distracted where they can concentrate on the dance. He takes them to a Juvenile Detention center that has been closed for many years. After a military style induction, the team soon finds themselves in another world. Practice starts at six AM, quite a shock for teens whose night is usually ending at that time. The boys have only known their day to day struggle on the streets, where they fought as individuals for survival. Now, Blake must retrain their mindset in order to bring this team together for a cause that is bigger than all of them. Black does not tolerate anything but hard work and dedication from the dream team. They have to give up everything. For the competition, but in the end they will have it all.

This movie has a strong message about giving it all up for the dream. It has a strong message about believing in yourself and working hard to achieve your dreams. This movie was rated a PG-13 due to a few popular words sprinkled form the vernacular of today's teens. There were only a few and they were not the focus of the dialog, only added for emphasis. However, this kids movie review must still consider it A PG-13 due to thematic material. The characters in the movie come from the inner city and there are several suggestions of gangs and other criminal activity in the team members' past. This movie may not be appropriate for those under the age of 13 for that reason. This family movie review thinks that if you like dance, you will like this movie and so will your teens, but only with a bit of caution on your part as to whether you feel this is appropriate material for your family.

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