*credit to Pamie for that all-too-plausible title...
So, you know I saw Step Up 3D on opening weekend. And besides squeaking every time Legacy (LEGACY!) appeared onscreen, marveling at how much fun water-based choreography is in 3D, and sneering at Julian and his trust fund, I had to wonder about the casting.
This makes three straight Step Up movies where the lead characters have pretty much been the same: hunky, dim guy meets deceptively down white girl. Now, I'm not talking about making the leads more ethnically diverse -- I'm not CRAZY. And honestly, if they want to keep cycling in a new underwear model or mumbly dreamboat (or even the odd actual dancer) every movie, that's fine with me.
But with these female leads, it dawned on me that they're all pretty mediocre dancers, but they're also all chasing the same ideal. That cute faux-tough girl who can dance in a hoodie and sweats, hang with the boys, romance the lead, and actually rock the hell out of the dance battles. You guys, why have they not just cast Lauren Gottlieb already?
I mean...right? I'm not saying playing to the Dance audience will yield huge box-office, but Lauren's at least a bigger draw than the no-names they've had, she's a better dancer, she's got personality for days, and she's no worse an actress than what these movies call for. Make it happen, Hollywood!