Film review: All Stars (U)


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Tween audiences may thrill to this dance flick about kids "finding themselves" through the medium of hip-hoppery and thereby contributing to the good of society. Everyone else will find it pretty tiresome.

Theo Stevenson, who deserved a good smack after Horrid Henry, plays the twerpish Ethan, so determined to curry favour with the cool girl at school that he forms his own dance crew and aims to save the local hangout threatened by a scoundrel developer (Mark Heap, in the only performance I enjoyed).

The director, Ben Gregor, "mixes it up" with daydream dance sequences, one of them based on Space Invaders ("Yeah, they came out of the Second World War"), but the script is a paltry jumble of aspirational clichés and modish street-talk.