Waiter, thereís a Boogaloo Shrimp in my scampi. Anyone whoís ever been to one of Austinís occasional and varied B-boy battles, say Hip Hop Humpday or Nastyís Monday night mixups (admittedly itís been a while for this reviewer), already knows the inherent drama in the form. Two crews of dancers battle for, usually, a cash prize or plain old glory, using their street moves and acrobatic contortions in lieu of fisticuffs, and after many flexible exertions, one group walks away grinning while their rivals tend to slink off toward the sides, or the bar. Itís Sharks vs. Jets updated for the new school, and You Got Served
mines the wild style for all itís worth. Director Chris Stokes has made videos for hip-hop outfits B2K and IMX, and two of those groupsí members star as dance-mad Los Angelenos Ė David (B2Kís Omarion) and Elgin (IMXís Houston) Ė who take on a moneyed Orange County crew whose leader looks like he just stepped out of Dragonball Z
. Eager to escape their jobs as backpack-toting drug couriers for the neighborhood kingpin, the pair serves the OC boys their shuffling papers, and from there goes on to nail the $50,000 prize and a chance to strut their stuff in the next Lilí Kim video, courtesy of MTVís largesse. It doesnít necessarily work out that way, however, as David falls for Elginís younger sister Liyah (Freeman), setting off her brotherís sibling-protectorate alarms and capsizing the duoís longstanding friendship. If, like me, youíve longed to hear Steve Harvey misquote Nietzsche, this is the film for you, and while itís about as original as an old Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland hoofer number, itís nearly saved by the crispy, exultant dance routines that pepper the film. Coming close on the heels of last monthís Jessica Alba hip-hop dance vehicle, Honey
, You Got Served
is just as clichťd as its predecessor, and lacks the old-school charm of films like Wild Style
. Omarion and Houston manage a passable on-screen friendship, with the general tone being a nervous kind of unforced energy. Thereís little thatís remarkable about the film, apart from the jaw-dropping choreography from Shane Sparks and Wade J. Robson (the latter has choreographed Britney Spears in the past), which references everything from The Matrix
to shadow dancing, and a slick, booming soundtrack featuring Aceyalone, Black Sheep, and Riddlore, but B-boys (and girls) will almost surely have a ball.