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Battle of the Year (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 20 September 2013 (USA)
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Battle of the Year attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years. Dante enlists Blake to assemble a team of the best dancers and bring the Trophy back to America where it started.

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Benson Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Holloway ... Jason Blake
Laz Alonso ... Dante Graham
Josh Peck ... Franklyn
Caity Lotz ... Stacy
Chris Brown ... Rooster
Ivan 'Flipz' Velez Ivan 'Flipz' Velez ... Flipz (as Flipz)
Jon 'Do Knock' Cruz Jon 'Do Knock' Cruz ... Do Knock (as Jon Do Knock Cruz)
Anis Cheurfa Anis Cheurfa ... Anis
Jesse 'Casper' Brown Jesse 'Casper' Brown ... Rebel (as Jesse Casper Brown)
David Shreibman ... Kid (as Kid David)
Sawandi Wilson ... Sniper
Richard Maguire Richard Maguire ... Lil Adonis
Steve Terada ... Sight
Luis Rosado ... Bambino
Joshua Lee Ayers ... Mayhem (as Joshua Lee 'Milky' Ayers)
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Storyline

The producer Dante Graham promotes a group of b-boys expecting to bring the Battle of the Year Trophy back to the USA that have not won it in fifteen years. He hires his friend and former basketball coach Jason Blake that grieves the loss of his wife and son to prepare his team. Blake fires the whole team since they do not have motivation and decides to select a new group of dancers under the nickname of Dream Team. He also hires the youngster Franklyn and the choreographer of break-dance Stacy to help him. Along the months, Blake tries to implement teamwork and works hard with the group. In the competition in France, he has a great surprise. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Plot Keywords:

3 dimensional | dancing | See All (2) »

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some rude behavior | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet B-Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,603,177, 22 September 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,888,355, 18 October 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,549,477, 23 January 2014
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Production Co:

Contrafilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

R&B singer Chris Brown, who plays "Rooster", also played in the opening of the movie "Stomp The Yard" where he played a dancer in a "battle" scene similar to the plot of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Jason Blake: You a B-Boy?
Franklyn: No, I wish. My people were not exactly, um, chosen when it comes to breaking.
Jason Blake: What do you mean, your people?
Franklyn: Jews. We're rhythmically challenged. We're stripped of our swag at the circumcision.
Jason Blake: Ahh...
Franklyn: I've made my peace with it.
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Soundtracks

The Dream Team is in the House
Written by Michael Perison and Rufus Perison
Performed by L.A. Dream Team
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Disappointing and Predictable Collection of Clichés
23 January 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The producer Dante Graham (Laz Alonso) promotes a group of b-boys expecting to bring the Battle of the Year Trophy back to the USA that have not won it in fifteen years. He hires his friend and former basketball couch Jason Blake (Josh Holloway) that grieves the loss of his wife and son to prepare his team. Blake fires the whole team since they do not have motivation and decides to select a new group of dancers under the nickname of Dream Team. He also hires the youngster Franklyn (Josh Peck) and the choreographer of break-dance Stacy (Lotz Caity) to help him. Along the months, Blake tries to implement teamwork and works hard with the group. In the competition in France, he has a great surprise.

"Battle of the Year" is a disappointing and predictable collection of clichés. It is amazing how many times this storyline has been used in different environments and sports ("decadent couch hires a team of losers that in the end surprises in a competition") with a corny message in the end. Fans of break-dance and hip-hop may enjoy a little more but this movie is terrible. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "A Batalha do Ano" ("Battle of the Year")


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