Step Up 2 The Streets (PG)

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Not so much a sequel to Step Up as a rehash: once again, a cross-the-tracks romance between breakdancing white trash and upper-crust ballet snob is enlivened by a smattering of gang violence and rather too many shots of young people spinning around on their heads.

As always, "high-brow" culture is presented as repressive, in contrast to the freedom and individualism of the streets; in reality, of course, there's nothing more stiflingly conformist than youth culture.

Worse, the plot and dialogue are utterly clichéd, the paraphernalia of sagging jeans and backwards baseball caps is starting to look quaintly old-fashioned, and even the dancing fails to astonish.

Watch the trailer for Step Up 2 The Streets