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Stomp The Yard – Homecoming (2010/Sony DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Feature: C-



There is a new cycle of film and related productions being made that has gone highly unidentified and we will call it “urban danceploitation” that (along with bad reality TV contests featuring the same) are mainstreaming a negative subculture that has less to do with art than being condescending to its audience (especially young) and in narrative cases like Rob Hardy’s disastrous, lame, unnecessary Stomp The Yard – Homecoming (2010), pointless and tired.


A sort of School Daze (Spike Lee, 1988) for airheads, dancing rivalries in African American universities and the pledging to frats by the overaged brats who run them leads to every cliché you can think of, from fights, to violent threats, to angry dancing (‘oh, I’m angry’) and yes, a connection to bad street dealings that involve money, death threats and ‘gangsters/ganstas’ who have ‘power’ and will kill and torture if they do not get what they want.


This would be a Blaxploitation film if it was actually that smart and had the ironic distance needed to be so, but instead, is an exercise in hate, clichés, self-hate and degradation that is like nails across a chalk board for its very, very, very long 88 minutes running time.  Newer would-be stars Terrence J and Pooch Hall are promoted here, while Jasmine Guy and Keith David are outright wasted.


There is some talent here buried (and I mean really buried) in this big, gigantic mess, but this is one of the most condescending releases of the year and yet another unnecessary sequel.  Let’s call it a franchise killer.


The 1.78 X 1 image is plagued with motion blur and bad editing throughout, getting in the way of showing the very dancing this is supposed to be about to begin with, so that was botched too.  Color is limited and mixed, while detail and depth are limited.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a mix of badly recorded dialogue, bad editing and Hip Hop (et al) that sounds muddier than even it should.  The combination looks too cheap for its own good throughout.  Extras include Deleted Scenes of no consequence, a making of featurette with focus on the choreography and director commentary.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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