After his brother is murdered in a brawl and he is convicted on assault charges, a troubled young man (Columbus Short) leaves his home in Los Angeles to go to Atlanta, where he will attend college. A talented battle dancer, he learns about stepping from fraternity members who invite him to join them, and he's soon helping the step team win the coveted National Step Show Championship. Also with Brian J. White, Ne-Yo, Meagan Good and Darrin DeWitt Henson. Directed by Sylvain White. [1:54]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man and a young woman lie in bed together studying (he is bare-chested), and they kiss and snuggle.
► A young woman visits a young man's room and asks to come in (it is implied that they have sex).
► A young man and a young woman dance suggestively: he bends her over at the waist and rubs his hips against her buttocks, and his girlfriend becomes jealous. A young woman thrusts her buttocks (she is wearing short shorts) at young men while dancing. A young man and a young woman dance close together and kiss.
► Young men and young women dance in a dance club (the young women wear short and low-cut tops, and some short shorts or skirts that reveal bare thighs). A young man takes off his shirt and is shown bare-chested. Young women wear short tops and low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens in many scenes throughout the movie.
► A young man and a young woman kiss. A young man and a young woman flirt in several scenes.
► Young men grab their crotches while dancing in several scenes.
VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Two groups of young men and young women fight in a street: they punch and shove each other, one young man with a brick strikes another, one punches another in the stomach repeatedly and one shoots another (we see the young man lying dead on the ground with blood on his mouth and his shirt).
► Two groups of young men and young women shove each other after a competition. A young man is shoved down and slides along the floor (he is unharmed). Two young men shove each other and yell. Several young men shove one young man who tries to force his way through their line. A young woman shoves a young man out of the way and pushes past him.
► A young man threatens another young man by saying, "You're dead." Large, aggressive looking dogs bark, growl and pull against their leashes. A man threatens a young man if he does not stop dating his daughter. A young man threatens another young man over his girlfriend (saying, "Don't mess with my girl."). A young man talks to a young woman in a dismissive manner.
► Several young men dance with red splatters on their clothing that look like blood. Young men and young women compete (or "battle") by dancing (some of the moves look aggressive).
PROFANITY 4 - 9 obscene hand gestures, 8 anatomical terms, 23 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (fools, boot licker, cocky, pretender), 1 exclamation (dang), 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A young man and a young woman drink wine with a dinner.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Violence, death of a loved one, respect, team attitude, fear, jealousy, love, guilt, grief, competition, tradition, legacy, belonging, brotherhood, character, intelligence, education, disappointment, second chances, death of a parent, death of a spouse.
MESSAGE - Becoming a better person through the development of character and intelligence is the goal of education.