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Film: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

"Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo has been remembered and mocked for so long, because the title is indicative of everything that is wrong with quick cash in sequels. This movie makes Step Up 2 look like The Red Shoes. This makes Footloose look like An American in Paris."
Miles Antwiler on a great American classic

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is a 1984 movie about breakdancing, and a sequel to the same year's (you heard us, the same year's) Breakin'.

Kelly, Ozone, and Turbo are members of a group of street kids that frequent the community center Miracles, where they're working over the summer. But a greedy land developer is planning to bulldoze Miracles and build a shopping center! The kids must band together to save their neighborhood. At the same time, Kelly and Ozone must deal with their conflicted feelings toward each other, as Kelly considers taking an acting job in Paris, and Turbo embarks on a quest to find a girl. That's pretty much it; most of the movie is just corny, entertaining dancing.

The movie was a pretty big flop, and regarded as an entirely unnecessary sequel; today, it's best known for spawning the "Electric Boogaloo" joke, used to refer to any pointless or strangely-named sequel.


Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Cameo: Ice-T appears at the end, reprising his role from the first Breakin'. This was before he was all that famous. Many years later, T considered the movies — and his performances in them — to be "Wack".
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: Basically every conflict in the film is settled via dancing. This includes a rumble between two street gangs.
  • Dance Party Ending: Naturally. Right alongside the Dance Party Beginning and Dance Party Middle!
  • Excuse Plot: The incredibly flimsy plot is little more than a reason for the movie to exist. 90% of it is taken up by dancing scenes!
  • Hey Lets Put On A Show: How the patrons of Miracles hope to save it.
  • Imagine Spot: Ozone and Turbo dance with a doll, and Ozone sees it as Kelly and Rhonda.
  • Market-Based Title: Just as Breakin' was released in the UK as Breakdance, so the sequel was called Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Turbo" and "Ozone" are presumably not their real names, but whatever they actually are, they're not telling. Kelly's mom comments on their "uniqueness".
  • Rule of Drama: There's really no point to the unresolved Love Triangle subplot with Kelly and that girl who CANNOT act, other than this.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: James, from the original Breakin', is totally absent in this movie. His actor declined to return.
  • Title Drop: One of the songs in the movie has the words "electric boogaloo", spoken by an electronic voice, as the hook.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The styles, music, dancing, graffiti, and hair all scream "80s" so very, very hard!
The BountyFilms of the 1980sBroadway Danny Rose

alternative title(s): Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo
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