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Originally published September 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM | Page modified September 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

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‘Battle of the Year’: More b-boy, b-girl song and dance

A movie review of “Battle of the Year,” about a U.S. b-boy “dream team” trying to take on the rest of the world in an annual dance battle.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Movie Review 2 stars

‘Battle of the Year,’ with Josh Peck, Laz Alonso, Caity Lotz, Chris Brown, Josh Holloway. Directed by Benson Lee, from a screenplay by Brin Hill and Chris Parker. 101 minutes. Rated PG-13 for language and some rude behavior. Several theaters.

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Dance-battle movies — “Step Up” and its ilk — have become the musicals of their generation. They may be formulaic in the extreme, generic in their romances and peopled by character “types.” But they’re athletic extravaganzas celebrating great skill and the art of b-boys and b-girls.

They may wear the veneer of “street” and “edgy,” but parents appreciate how harmless they are. “Battle of the Year” touches on that — how the rest of the world has embraced b-boy culture, but how they’re no longer perceived as cutting edge or “cool” in the United States.

That worries Sean Combs-like impresario Dante (Laz Alonso). He’s got to protect his music, dance and fashion empire by putting American b-boys back on top. He hires an old dance buddy, W.B., now a grieving, alcoholic ex-basketball coach (Josh Holloway of “Lost”). W.B. has to get himself up to speed on the current state of dance, then recruit and coach a “dream team” of the best of America’s best to take on the rest of the world, which has passed America by and long dominated the annual b-boy Olympics known as “BOTY,” the Battle of the Year.

That team consists of assorted arrogant, chip-on-their-shoulder show-offs. Actual star dancers such as Do Knock and Flipz are mixed in with others, including singer Chris Brown.

They fight, they insult one another, they learn from a choreographer (Caity Lotz), they bond and you know the rest.

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