Breakin’ (1984)

JOEL SILBERG

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1984.  .  Story by , , Screenplay by Charles Parker, Allen DeBevoise, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Allen DeBevoise, .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Film Editing by , , .  

This silly exploitation of the brief popularity of breakdancing turned out to be the most profitable movie produced by those crazy Cannon men, Golan and Globus.  plays an aspiring dancer who turns away from her traditional training classes and handsy teacher and instead spends time with the new friends she makes on the street ( and , aka Shabba-Doo), guys whose rad moves aren’t from the classical school but sure do turn heads.  When the trio’s talents capture the eye of a sincere talent agent (), they’re on their way to the legitimate stage except for the interference of Dickey’s vengeful former dance instructor.  Every scene provides a ridiculous excuse to dance and that’s a great thing, because while no one here was on track to win an Academy Award for acting, they are so good on the dance floor even when their numbers are at their most dated.  This many years out from its original release also means that the eighties fashions and colours are a campy treat, and the tuneful soundtrack backs the performers so wonderfully that a better screenplay is not in the least bit necessary.  Look for Jean-Claude Van Damme making his screen debut as an extra (with some pretty awkward dance moves) in the beach scene.  Followed quickly by a sequel that same year.

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