Breakin’ sticks with the story of a classically trained performer needed to learn from the streets to truly be expressive. Karen (Lucinda Dickey) works at a greasy spoon to support her jazz dance classes. But she needs to push her moves. This leads her to going down to the beach with her classmate (Phineas Newborn III) to check out the break dancing kids. Ozone (Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones) and Turbo (Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers) are busting their moves when she hops into the fun. The trio find themselves fast friends. The boys visit her dance class which enlivens the mood. However the head of the school disapproves of these rude moves. She ends up visiting them at a nightclub. Who is rockin’ the mic? Future star of Law & Order SVU Ice-T. He’s not quite looking gangsta on the stage. He’s rapping over a beat from Kraftwerk. Turns out there’s a dance battle going on . . . Breakin’ succeeds because the story doesn’t try to be that emotional or serious. The movie is about the dancing and the beat.
Kraftwerk? Running time is 86 minutes. Rated PG. And remember, you gotta push it to pop it.
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