Stomp the Yard

Stomp the Yard

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Director: Sylvain White

Cast: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo

     
 

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A young man finds that the moves he learned on the street may help him make a better life for himself in this youth-oriented musical drama. DJ Williams (Columbus Short) is a 19-year-old growing up in Los Angeles; while DJ is at heart a good kid and a gifted street dancer, he runs with a dangerous crowd, and one night an underground

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A young man finds that the moves he learned on the street may help him make a better life for himself in this youth-oriented musical drama. DJ Williams (Columbus Short) is a 19-year-old growing up in Los Angeles; while DJ is at heart a good kid and a gifted street dancer, he runs with a dangerous crowd, and one night an underground dance competition turns into a brawl and DJ ends up in jail. DJ's younger brother has already died a violent death, and his mother, hoping to put him back on the straight and narrow, sends DJ off to Truth University, a historically African-American college in Atlanta. At first, DJ feels like a misfit at Truth, but when he gets a chance to show off his dancing skills, he attracts the attention of two campus fraternities. Greek life is a major presence at Truth, and each year the fraternities take part in a "stepping" competition, in which the members show off their synchronized dance moves. DJ joins the ONO house, and is eager to help them take the championship away from their campus rivals, but in time he also comes to understand the brotherhood and community service that's a key part of his fraternity's background. DJ also has more on his mind than dancing and studying when he meets April (Meagan Good), a beautiful coed. Produced under the title Steppin', Stomp the Yard also stars Ne-Yo, Brian J. White, and Jermaine Williams.

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Stomp the Yard falls somewhere between You Got Served and Drumline among films where people bust a move as a form of dissing each other, while their opponents roll their eyes and scoff. In fact, it's so utterly conventional, the only way to meaningfully discuss it is to compare it to other films like it. Those who don't expect anything more than that, however, will probably like Stomp the Yard just fine. The key in films like this is to find a dramatic lead who can actually do the dance moves, and in former choreographer Columbus Short, they've made an adequate choice. Short holds the film together pretty well and demonstrates a solid range of emotions. The presence of Harry Lennix as his uncle is always welcome, as well. Still, there isn't a single surprise throughout the running time of Stomp the Yard. Among the genres whose most generic templates it follows are the fish-out-of-water movie, the life-on-the-big-campus movie, the overcoming-parental-disapproval movie, and of course, the David-vs.-Goliath-competition movie, which pretty much describes every competition movie out there. Perhaps the form of the competition -- "stepping," or the more institutionalized and synchronized version of street dancing -- is supposed to set the movie apart. But Stomp the Yard had the misfortune of coming out just after a whole spate of similar movies, none of which can hold a candle to the electrifying documentary treatment of the subject matter in Rize. Generally, Stomp the Yard is competent enough to qualify as a crowd pleaser. But it doesn't add anything new to the conversation, and perhaps more crucially, it doesn't pass on a contagious sense of the spine-tingling excitement of this dance form. The moves have had the life edited out of them in search of a pervasive middle ground.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
UPC:
0043396160422
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Battles, Rivals, Brothers - The Story of Stomp the Yard; Filmmaker commentary; Extended dance sequences: Get Buck & Opening Battle; Deleted scene: The Clean Up; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Columbus Short DJ Williams
Meagan Good April
Ne-Yo Rich Brown
Darrin Dewitt Henson Grant
Brian J. White Sylvester
Laz Alonso Zeke
Valarie Pettiford Aunt Jackie
Jermaine Williams Noel
Allan Louis Dr. Palmer
Harry J. Lennix Uncle Nate
Chris Brown Duron

Technical Credits
Sylvain White Director
Robert Adetuyi Screenwriter
Gregory Anderson Screenwriter
Tim Boland Score Composer
Tracy Byrd Casting
Jonathan Carlson Production Designer
David Checel Editor
Dave Scott Choreography
Rob Hardy Executive Producer
Scott Kevan Cinematographer
Keith G. Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Shirley Libby Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Anthony Little Asst. Director
Ali Muhammad Musical Direction/Supervision
Will Packer Producer
William Packer Producer
Akinah Rahmaan Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Retzer Score Composer
Jonathan J. Short Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stomp the Yard
1. The Goon Squad [4:40]
2. "Double Or Nothing" [4:55]
3. Repercussions [2:07]
4. Three Rules [3:29]
5. The College Boy Thing [1:10]
6. A Glimpse [4:01]
7. Work [1:52]
8. Stomping the Yard [7:09]
9. Making an Impression [6:49]
10. Fraternal Offers [4:03]
11. A Need for Tutoring [4:20]
12. Getting Closer [3:07]
13. Heritage Hall [2:35]
14. Pledge Knucklehead [4:37]
15. Pressure [1:10]
16. The Color Green [4:26]
17. Stealing Routines [2:16]
18. April Chooses [1:52]
19. Old School Vs. Neos [6:25]
20. Practicing to Be a Team [1:57]
21. Digging Dirt [1:13]
22. Sunday Dinner [3:00]
23. Suspension [2:31]
24. An Offer to Refuse [4:04]
25. Past Jealousy, A Future Wrecked [2:08]
26. Freedom to Choose [5:57]
27. Finalists [8:19]
28. Tie Breaker [13:51]

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Stomp the Yard 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
terrible movie it seriously poorly made movie it stinks one of the worst movies ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
STOMP THE YARD comes as a pleasant surprise to those of us who have yet to be introduced to 'stepping' - a sport/dance form that is not break dancing, not hip-hop, not modern dance, not clogging, not ballet, but instead is an exhilarating display of rhythm, physical dexterity, and creative choreography that makes this little film well worth watching. The story is minimal and hackneyed and serves basically as an outline for the dance performances. DJ (the enormously talented dancer/actor Columbus Short) is sent from Los Angeles to Atlanta's Truth University after his conviction for street brawling, a fight in which his brother (Chris Brown) was killed. Once on campus DJ is works for his uncle as a gardener and is soon courted for his step dance skills by two rival fraternities. One fraternity gains DJ's attention and he pledges. Of course there is the requisite love conflict (the beautiful Meagan Good as April), who just happens to be the girlfriend of the rival fraternity step leader (Darrin Henson), and the usual undercurrent of familial dichotomies between DJ's humble background and April's influential father bring the tension to the front: the result is DJ's triumphant performance in the annual stepping competition between the two fraternities. The ending is predictable but sensitive and with a message. The real star of the film is the magnificently choreographed and executed dancing, performed by the actual cast members. Director Sylvain White and his choreographers center their attention on the big sequences and the result is very fine entertainment. In addition to the gifted Columbus Short and Darrin Henson the cast includes such fine actor/dancers as Brian J. White, Ne-Yo, Laz Alonzo, Oliver Ryan Best, Richmond Duain Martyn, Justin Hires, and many others. It is difficult to resist the excitement of the commitment of this fine cast to the introduction of step dancing to the public at large. So much talent! Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best black uplifting movie i have ever seen in my life. it not only showed the true side of growing up in the hood but it also showed what a person coming out of the hood could do. it made me want to join a stepping group and i am really thinking about doing it. this was a great family and urban teen movie, and i suggest that if u didnt see it yet, that u go out and buy it now cause it was bangin
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not just another teen urban drama but it is a movie with heart and soul and it shows that with a little opportunity you can make something of yourself if you just believe. I love the setting of the movie placed on an all-black college university and the history of the college along with the awesome step moves from both fraternities. Columbus Short threw down in the film along with appearances from Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. I highly recommend this movie for anyone who has a love for any kind of music and who wants a chance to prove to themselves and others that with just a little opportunity a window of dreams can open up for you.
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