*** Out of 5
Tagline- They’re Back for Everyone Who Believes in the Beat.
Release Date- December 21st, 1984
Running Time- 94-Minutes
Screenplay- Jan Ventura & Julie Reichert
Director- Sam Firstenberg
Starring- Lucinda Dickey, Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo’ Quinones, Michael ‘Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers
In 1984 with the release of Breakin’ it became the highest grossing film for the Cannon Group, which is quite a surprise seeing as in the 80s they worked with the likes of Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris and even Stallone. But Breakin’ was destined for success since how else could we get the most epically titled film ever Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Actually we would have gotten it anyways, since at the end of Breakin’ during the credits the text tells us a sequel is coming. As mentioned Breakin’ was Cannon’s biggest hit with about a 1.2-million dollar budget it pulled in 38-million. To show what a success it was Death Wish 2-4 pulled in a combined about 40-million. Breakin’ alone almost pulled that in. I’m not sure what the budget was for Breakin’ 2, but I’d guess to say roughly around the same and it pulled in 15-million and while a drop off by more than half it was still a hit and one of Cannon’s more popular titles. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (seriously is there a cooler title) was released in 1984 just like the original. The original Breakin’ isn’t exactly a good film, but enjoyable enough in how silly it was and while I don’t think the film really warranted a sequel, but we got one anyways. To enjoy this film and the original as well I think you have to be old enough to remember the breakdancing craze or be a huge fan of 80s films.
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is the gripping tale about a community center that’s gonna be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall. But our trio of dancers from the original won’t allow that so what do they do? Well dance of course and dance some more and for good measure even more dancing.
The screenplay by Jan Ventura & Julie Reichert is light on plot and heavy on dance scenes and its almost like they added in the small of amount of plot afterwards. The returning characters are fun, but more or less have the same basic dialogue. Like the original we get sappy moments, over dramatic moments than even more dancing. When in doubt on how to handle a scene just write in another dance scene.
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo was directed by Sam Firstenberg better known for his action films with the Cannon Group with such films as Revenge of the Ninja from 1983, Ninja III: The Domination, which like the Breakin’ films was released in 1984 and also starred Lucinda Dickey. Sam Firstenberg’s other credits include American Ninja and American Ninja 2 so he was very much an odd choice for a film such as this since Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is very far removed from those films. Sam Firstenberg may not be a great film filmmaker in the traditional sense, but he’s made some really fun B-movies and while this wouldn’t be one of his better films it is however a fairly entertaining film. Like the original film at some point of it I started to lose interest and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is no different. The film runs at 94-minutes, but quite honestly it would have been better served running about 70-74-minutes. To Firstenberg’s credit he makes the best out of what he’s given, but after a while the dance numbers grow tiresome and while I understand that’s the concept of the film, but it feels as if the majority of the film is just dancing. However with that said, Firstenberg does deliver a fun film, but I’d highly recommend watching Ninja III or the first two American Ninja films to see why Sam Firstenberg has gained a cult following. This was very much a director for hire film and again to Firstenberg’s credit he makes a silly, yet fun film.
As I mentioned in my review for Breakin’, Lucinda Dickey had a very brief career in the film industry. 1984 was her only year of note with the Breakin’ films and Ninja III. Her next film credit wouldn’t come until 1988 and it would also be her last with the film the slasher/comedy Cheerleader Camp. While her career was brief she has developed a cult following and for good reason.
While the original film has built a cult following, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo has a little more of a following, which no doubt has more to do with the title. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo has to be the most epic title and that’s why every chance I got to use the full title in this review I did. Odds are the film is better remembered for its title than the actual quality of the film. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, like the original film does make for a fun time, but the dancing can get quite tiresome. In 1985 there was an unofficial sequel titled Rappin’, which starred Mario Van Peebles and also has an appearance from Ice-T who also appeared in both Breakin’ films and Rappin’ would be directed by Joel Silberg who also directed Breakin’.
Who says movies can’t be educational? When bulldozers are coming to destroy something like in this case a community center just start dancing in front of it, but when that no longer works just start throwing pizza boxes at them and it’ll do the trick and they’ll leave.