`Stomp the Yard' is familiar entertainment

review c+

January 12, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Stomp the Yard is as predictable as movies come: Loner with a chip on his shoulder finds acceptance and maturity by channeling his talents into something socially acceptable and finding the love of a great gal. But at least that workhorse of a formula is being used in service of a film that extols the virtues of higher education and a proud tradition in the black community.

The movie lives and dies on the energy of stepping, the combination of high-stepping, line-dancing and drill-sergeant maneuvering that has a long history at traditionally black colleges. Director Sylvain White spends too much time on the dancers' faces and not enough on their feet, but in the end, it's impossible to resist the spirit and vigor that keep showing up.

Stomp the Yard (Screen Gems) Starring Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Darrin Henson. Directed by Sylvain White. Rated PG-13. Time 109 minutes

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