The central romance is terminally bland, while Evigan's woozy family melodrama seems borrowed from countless superior dance movies.
Streets' best sequences combine prankish humor with irresistible rhythm, as when Evigan's old crew transforms a subway car into an impromptu venue for guerrilla street theater.
A climactic dance number where Evigan and friends risk pneumonia dancing in the pounding rain is a showstopper, but the non-dance elements feel like an afterthought.
Lastly, they're learning that dance movies often put a great deal of thought into their dance sequences, and very little thought into everything else.
Step Up 2 The Streets is a supremely lazy teacher of the above lessons, stumbling gracelessly from point A to point B and hitting all the expected notes in the process.
on Thursday afternoon (October 17) in Vancouver, Canada.