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Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
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by Robert Flaxman

"Quite possibly the stupidest movie ever made."
1 stars

As hard as it is, looking back, to believe that someone made a movie like Breakin’, it’s even more impossible to conceive of the process that produced Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, the film whose title has become synonymous with sequels no one thinks should exist. Breakin’ may be awful – and it is – but it’s simply no match for the follow-up, which is so surreally terrible it’s almost good. But not quite.

Breakin’ pretty much had three noteworthy features: terrible acting, an insanely rote plot, and a lot of breakdancing, some of which was actually cool. Clearly the brains behind the operation knew what they had, because Breakin’ 2 plays like an attempt to make a movie based entirely off of viewer surveys from the previous film.

First of all, Breakin’ 2 does not just revolve around breakdancing; it is choked with it. Instead of merely featuring dancing, though, the filmmakers decided to install a series of musical numbers. These aren’t just the dancing montages of the original. Almost immediately after the film starts, Kelly shows up at Ozone and Turbo’s place and is greeted by literally everybody in the neighborhood. Some guy just starts rapping out of nowhere and everyone dances on over to the community center, passing people along the way who are all dancing too.

Yes, that scene is exactly as stupid as it sounds, but it gets better, because there are at least half a dozen more – someone apparently got the idea that the less time the actors spent talking, the better. I’m not going to say they were wrong, of course, but the musical numbers are so random and bizarre that they make the film seem even more ridiculous than it already is.

However, Ozone and Turbo still have to do plenty of acting. It seems like after the first one someone at the studio told them they had to take an acting class, but they only went to two classes before the second movie had to be filmed. The result is an unspeakably hilarious, and unspeakably awful, combination of the same wooden acting that plagued the first film and a bizarre sort of quasi-mime where the two do a lot of grinning and make a lot of jazz hands. It really can’t be described in words. It’s the sort of thing that looks tongue-in-cheek, only it’s pretty clear that these guys are totally serious.

Then there’s the plot. Except for the characters knowing each other, Breakin’ 2 practically acts like its predecessor didn’t exist – there is no real suggestion of what might have happened to the big show they were starring in just a few months before. The relationships are just weird – Kelly and Ozone act like they’re just friends, but then kiss each other every now and then. Ozone has a crazy ex-girlfriend who screams at him to stay away from Kelly and then screams at Kelly to stay out of the neighborhood; no real motivation is ever given for this. Turbo falls for a Spanish-speaking girl who, with no prompting of any kind, shows up at his house to find him dancing on the ceiling, and kisses him.

The dancing on the ceiling scene embodies the other weird thing about this film – scenes that couldn’t happen in real life are played as though they’re completely natural. In one scene, Ozone is trying to show Turbo how to dance with a woman by using a doll; the two start seeing their respective love interests in place of the doll when the other is dancing with it, and end up tearing the stuffing out of the doll while fighting over it. You simply cannot get any odder than that.

Or maybe you can, as in a later scene at a hospital where patients covered in casts and bandages start dancing as though nothing is wrong with them. This isn’t just a kooky music video – it’s supposed to be a movie with an actual plot and some connection to reality. Instead, though, much of the film looks like it was conceived by someone doing a lot of drugs.

The film’s main plot is supposed to involve a developer trying to tear down the community center, and the dancers needing to raise $200,000 to save it. Evidently giving up on trying to resolve this in realistic fashion, Breakin’ 2 decides to use that time-worn deus ex machina of bad movies, the “sudden change of heart”. Realizing that they are on television, the developer and the city official he’d been paying off both capitulate and decide to let the community center stay up (not five minutes before, the developer was ordering his bulldozers to run over Turbo, who was blocking them). Then, Kelly’s rich father, who had been a jerk all movie, sees the kids dancing on TV and decides to come down to the center and write a check for the remaining $50,000 needed. The film ends with, surprisingly, a big dance scene.

In other words, of the five or six plot strands the movie attempts, basically two are resolved – the center is saved and Kelly’s dad comes around. Anything related to the relationships of Ozone and Turbo is forgotten; just as Ozone’s crazy ex-girlfriend is about to fight Kelly, the bulldozers show up and that’s the end of that. Electro Rock plays virtually no role in the film except for a bizarre dance-off in the middle that isn’t even judged and has absolutely no connection to anything else.

Once again the film sort of seems like it’s trying to make a racial commentary of some small sort, but it never actually mentions race in the dialogue – it’s always “street kids” or “you people” or some such – and anyway it’s hard to take a film seriously on the subject when its best attempt to comment is pretty much “White people are rich and snooty, while black people are poor but full of spirit!” Of course, trying to find any serious meaning in Breakin’ 2 is like trying to fly into space with a helium balloon – you’re really not going to get very far.

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is probably the perfect bad movie – while everything it does is terrible, much of it is so hilariously terrible that it’s actually worth watching just to have a good laugh at the next crazy thing that pops up. Still, I don’t think I can recommend it – it’s 90 minutes of your life you’re never getting back, no matter how funny the sheer insane stupidity of it all may be.

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originally posted: 04/11/05 00:19:50
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User Comments

6/24/13 katherine awesome movie. I bought the movie from Walmart 3 cds in one Breakin 1 & 2 & Beatstreet. 5 stars
1/31/10 mellymellll the best dance movie ever made best songs 5 stars
8/07/09 chr!s I dont care what anyone has to say about this movie...i loved it...Its so 1980 5 stars
7/16/08 ms. lady i love this movie true dancing, i had a crush on Turbo, whatever happened to him? 5 stars
2/01/08 Catwoman Awesome movie!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
6/09/07 Jus your right butback in the 80's it was theshizzznit 1 stars
6/04/06 simon what is the website to watch this movie 0r where can i buy it 5 stars
1/12/06 oputanheiro That hairy pits at the end are out of this world 1 stars
1/01/06 beat boy mCcoo Did u see the chick towards the end with the hairy pits. THats hot!!! 1 stars
11/05/05 Ms. Lisa-Lisa It was a very cute movie, Family-Friendly 5 stars
8/22/05 Nick Montana Much better than original. Fantastic soundtrack , especiall theme song 5 stars
8/09/05 david howie awesome film 5 stars
6/15/05 Jeff Anderson A fantastic GUILTY PLEASURE & as good as the 1st. The awesome dancing alone stands out. 5 stars
4/22/05 Michelle Acuna Fantastic crap! The 80's rock. I laughed, I cried (only because I was laughing so hard). 5 stars
4/20/05 Chris Stephens horible 2 stars
4/12/05 Jack Bourbon This was supposed to be stupid and funny. 1st was better though 2 stars
4/04/05 killbill03 I saw this in the theater back in the day. Cheesy then, hilarious now. 3 stars
2/14/02 Brian Not as good as original, but still enjoyable. 4 stars
1/22/02 Andrew Carden Better Then The Original. Better Acting and Dancing. 4 stars
8/31/01 Butterbean Great dancing, but the movie was a total letdown from the first one 2 stars
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  02-Nov-1984 (PG)
  DVD: 15-Apr-2003



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