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DJ is a troubled youth from Los Angeles attending the historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Ga. When adapting to his new environment proves difficult, DJ finds solace in joining a struggling... read more read more... fraternity where he begins implementing his street-style dance moves in an attempt to help the step team win the coveted National Step Show Championship. Before long DJ becomes the competing fraternity's main rival, while trying to pursue his new love interest, deal with his own troubled past and learn the true meanings of brotherhood and fraternity along the way.

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PG-13, 1 hr. 54 min.

Directed by: Sylvain White

Release Date: January 12, 2007

Keywords: sports, teen, dance, dancing, stepping

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DVD Release Date: May 18, 2007

Stats: 37,425 reviews

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  • fb729949618
    July 31, 2011
    Sucks critically, poor acting and script but still bearable to watch.
  • June 23, 2011
    Always been a sucker for dance films and this didn't fail to impress. It was a breath of fresh air to find a dancing film that had a different sort of dance. I'd never heard of stomping before I watched this film so it really made it different from the other dance films I'd seen.... read more Good film!
  • January 17, 2011
    It's better than I thought it would be. It's good. You don't have to be a victim of your circumstances, you just have to find your drive and go for it.
  • November 20, 2010
    I thought it was okay but not good.
    Grade: C
  • May 8, 2010
    I love watching this movie. Super great movie, very awesome dance moves, totally love Meagan Good!!!

    After the death of his younger brother, a troubled 19-year-old street dancer from Los Angeles is able to bypass juvenile hall by enrolling in the historically black, Truth Univ... read moreersity in Atlanta, Georgia. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he is courted by the top two campus fraternities, both of which want and need his fierce street-style dance moves to win the highly coveted national step show competition.
  • fb733768972
    January 14, 2010
    very good! It touches your heart in many ways!
  • January 7, 2009
    As Curtis would say, "I liked this movie better the first time, when it was called Drumline."
  • June 13, 2008
    A powerful well-made uplifting movie with a competition-forumla plot and some creative stomp-dancing sequences. Entertaining to watch.
  • October 20, 2007
    Awesome stepping movie since Step Up and Bring It On, but mostly exciting on the street styled and innovative dance moves with the fraternities at the university. African-American actor Columbus Short makes a wonderful dance sequences in the battle and competition. ... read moreAmazing!
  • August 23, 2007
    Drumline for black people

Critic Reviews

David Jenkins
March 14, 2007
David Jenkins, Time Out

There's little here for British eyes. Full Review

Melissa Anderson
February 3, 2007
Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York

Benign nonsense. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
January 12, 2007
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

The moves can be remarkable, though ritually repetitive -- male chorus lines of adrenalized automata acting out anger, menace, pride, audacity or joy. Full Review

Tasha Robinson
January 12, 2007
Tasha Robinson, AV Club

Hollywood has a few well-rutted stories it likes to tell over and over, and Stomp The Yard includes at least five of them. Full Review

Rachel Saltz
January 12, 2007
Rachel Saltz, New York Times

Stomp the Yard is a strange and at times strangely compelling mix of black fraternity recruitment video and inspirational tale about a hip-hop boy in a stepping world. Full Review

Susan Walker
January 12, 2007
Susan Walker, Toronto Star

Perhaps director Sylvain White hoped that this laughably melodramatic film might find its way into the pantheon of urban dance films. But seen against such films as Rize and You Got Served, it's a ste... Full Review

Tom Keogh
January 12, 2007
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

Typical of dance movies, there's a bit of story to fill the gaps between energetic sessions of movement. Director Sylvain White captures loads of feverish step action with stylishly jittery camerawork... Full Review

Mick LaSalle
January 12, 2007
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The film introduces too many elements, doubles back on itself, repeats and repeats the same information, starts and stops, includes needless tangential riffs, finds artificial means to stretch the run... Full Review

Roger Moore
January 12, 2007
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

The script, based on an earlier screenplay by a Florida A&M alum, accomplishes little -- it's basically Drumline, with dancing instead of drum corps. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
January 12, 2007
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The cast adds little. Columbus Short, a dancer-turned-actor, can move well, but he mugs too much for the camera when he's supposed to be having fun, and barely holds the screen when he's not. Full Review

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