All Stars

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UK cinema's latest attempt to ape America's lucrative tween dance scene Discuss this article

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We’ve had Streetdance (twice). Now meet All Stars, the UK’s latest attempt to ape America’s lucrative tween dance scene (in 3D). Ethan (14-year-old Theo Stevenson), is a cheeky school kid who throws a talent contest to save the local youth club. His own dance crew is an unlikely mix of posh kids and overeaters, trained by Jaden (Akai Osei-Mansfield, the 12-year-old winner of UK show Got to Dance 2010). The young performances are variable, but the saving grace is the grown-up cast, including Ashley Jensen and Mark Heap, who don’t hold back while delivering the cynical one-liners. TV director Ben Gregor brings inventive visual touches to his dream sequences – overambitious, maybe, but welcome in a genre that’s become formulaic to say the least. Yes, there are clichés: the warring dance tribes, the blending of dance genres as if no one’s ever thought of it before. But All Stars is funny enough to entertain kids, if not their elder siblings, who may not buy this scrubbed-up version of teenaged Britain.

By Time Out staff
Time Out Doha,

All Stars

  • Duration: 106
  • Released: Thu, 23 May
  • Classification: PG13
  • Language: English
  • Director: Ben Gregor
  • Stars: Ashley Jensen, Akai Osei-Mansfield, Theo Stevenson, Amelia Clarkson, Kimberley Walsh

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