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You Got Served
You Got Served
Starring Omari Grandberry, Marques Houston, Jennifer Freeman,
Jarell Houston, Dreux Frederic, DeMario Thornton, Steve Harvey

The R&B group B2K, best known for the hit album Pandemonium, are the stars of You Got Served. The lead, Omari Goodberry, as David, who with his partners Elgin (Marques Houston from the group IMX), lead a group of dancers that include B2K members Demario Thornton and Dreaux Frederic and Jarell Houston. The dance crew makes money in dance battles where they use their best moves to impress a crowd of onlookers in a gymnasium. The crowd determines the winner.

Elgin and David's group are the reigning champions winning every battle under the watchful eye of the promoter Mr. Rad (Steve Harvey). They remain undefeated until a group of rich kids challenge them to a battle and beat them with the help of a former member of their own group.

Dejected and ego deflated, David and Elgin look to get some much needed cash. The only other way to get cash is running drugs for the local dealer. Having finish the “job,” the guys return to Elgin's house where David begins a seduction of Elgin's sister Liyah (Jennifer Freeman). The couple's budding relationship is halted by Elgin who doesn't want his sister dating his friend who has a reputation of being a lady's man.

Will Elgin and David be able to kiss and make up before the “Big Bounce” dance contest that determines which group will star in Li'l Kim's music video? Will Elgin be able to get the cash to repay the drug dealer after one of his packages is stolen? Will love blossom between David and Liyah?

You Got Served is forced and awkward. When the actors are out of their comfort zone on the dance floor and made to use dialogue they reveal the film's biggest flaw, these people are dancers.

When the guys are on the dance floor, they are great eye candy and the dance sequences are truly superb. Had this film been a documentary on hip-hop dancing it would have been much better.

Sadly enough, it is not a documentary and as a drama, it fails. Evan using all the expected clinches of “urban” life with more than necessary emphasis on drug dealing and gang violence as a backdrop to this dance festival, it fails. Despite great dancing and a fair romance plot, this film is too serious for the cast and the subject matter as presented.

You Got Served

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