Think times are tough NOW, it was way worse for the children of the streets back in ’84. Things were so bad, in fact, that they had to resort to break dance battles due to the lack of weapons and broken 40oz bottles. But where do you go to perfect your skills of dance? “Miracles”, that’s where.
On this gorgeous winter day something was in the air. After a monumental clean-fest in my sleeping quarters, I spent the rest of the afternoon watching Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Kelly (the rebellious rich girl), Turbo (the always smiling sidekick), and Ozone (the hip-hoppin’ tough guy with more pride than Sir Lancelot) have to pop, flip, and spin their asses off in order to save the local community center “Miracles” from being torn down. A sleazy construction company want’s to turn the building into a shopping center, and they must be stopped.
The last time I saw it was like 15 – 20 years ago, and I have to admit this was a fun movie to watch even now. Be forewarned, there is enough day glow clothing to blind your grandchildren, but the bad ass breakin’ babes make up for it. You will not find a Pitt, DiCaprio, or Hopkins in this rag tag bunch, so don’t get your hopes up. The acting isn’t half bad, but in no way does anyone deserve an award. Watching this film is like taking a look into a time capsule full of Hammer Pants, studs, high tops, half shirts, and funky eye make-up.
I can’t say that I remember the streets being full of dancers, ready to go toe-to-toe in a brutal “break” off, but I could’ve just been living in the wrong neighborhood. If I had seen that stuff in my neck of the woods, you can bet your ass I’d be busting out some sick moves at the bars for the ladies.
From what a true break dancer in my high school art class told me, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is a sequel. I always thought some dude was high when he came up with the title. Only 7 months before Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo was released, Breakin’ robotized across the country. With actors named Michael ‘Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers, Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo’ Quinones, Derek ‘Cooley Bop’ Jackson, and Bruno ‘Pop N’ Taco’ Falcon I can see why they were pumped out in the same year.
Feast your face windows on some of the scenes from Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo:
Take a little time off this week, grab a few beers, and some of yer best budz. Place that magical grey lazer wand in you hand, and hit the ON DEMAND button. If you don’t have a good time you have a serious problem, because this movie is all about partying. Just make sure you don’t take it to the streets. The gangs now a days aren’t as ready for a dance off, and will most likely bust a cap in yo ass.