You Got Served

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You Got Served
You-got-served-poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Stokes
Produced by
Written byChris Stokes
Starring
Music byTyler Bates
CinematographyDavid Hennings
Edited byEarl Watson
Distributed byScreen Gems
Release date
  • January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8 million[1]
Box office$48.6 million[1]

You Got Served is a 2004 American dance comedy-drama film written and directed by Chris Stokes, who was also the business manager of the performers who were film's main characters: recording artist Marques Houston and the boy band B2K. The plot follows a group of dancers, who take part in a street dancing competition. You Got Served was produced by Marcus Morton, Cassius Vernon Weathersby, Billy Pollina, and Kris Cruz Toledo, and filming took place Between May 1, 2003, and June 25, 2003. The Columbia Pictures division Screen Gems released the film on January 30, 2004—the weekend of Super Bowl XXXVIII. It opened at #1 at the box office during its opening weekend, and grossed $16 million in its first week. It has recently gained a cult following. Houston and co-star Omarion later starred in the 2004 film Fat Albert.

Plot[edit]

In Los Angeles, California, Elgin and David lead their promising dance crew in street dancing battles at a warehouse owned by Mr. Rad, where they defeat another crew led by Vick.

To earn money for the battles, David and Elgin deliver for a drug lord named Emerald. They are challenged by Wade, a rich kid from Orange County, for $5,000; after winning another battle, Wade and his best friend Max goad Elgin into setting their battle for that night. Elgin borrows money from his grandmother for the battle.

Due to the amount of money on the line, Mr. Rad announces there will be no fighting during the battle and hires a bodyguard. Nevertheless, a fight breaks out after David and Elgin realize their opponent has stolen their dance set, as their crew member Sonny betrayed them to join Wade's team, and are furious to lose for the first time. Crowing over his success, Wade delivers the titular line, "You're just mad... 'cause tonight you suckaz got served!" Wade's crew takes over Mr. Rad's club as David and Elgin's crew depart.

David and Liyah, Elgin's sister, are falling in love. Vick joins David and Elgin after his crew leaves him, and Elgin gets a call from Emerald for a delivery of drugs. Elgin tries to call David, but Liyah turns off David’s phone. Left on his own, Elgin is ambushed by local thugs who take Emerald's money, leaving Elgin hospitalized, in trouble with Emerald, and furious at David.

The friends split up and form their own crews, but neither is as good as they were together. Elgin forbids Liyah to see David, ignoring her and David’s desire to help him. Rico tells David and Elgin about the "Big Bounce," a $50,000 dance competition purportedly sponsored by MTV, which will provide the winning crew the opportunity to perform in a Lil' Kim video. Elgin sees this as a way to pay back Emerald and his grandmother. Attempts to bring Elgin and David together, particularly by Liyah, are fruitless, as they nearly come to blows.

Emerald gives Elgin only a couple of weeks to pay him back, warning that Elgin not to cross him or he "will never walk, let alone dance again."

Many crews impress the judges in the Big Bounce qualifying rounds, including Wade's crew. Liyah talks with Mr. Rad about David and Elgin's problems, and he reveals that he has taken care of the situation with Emerald. David’s crew are elminated after two slip-ups, while Elgin's crew makes it to the finals.

Lamenting his loss, David and Liyah learn that Lil’ Saint, a young boy accepted into the crew through Rico, was killed in a drive-by. The next day, Rico tells Elgin that they should reunite the crew in honor of Lil' Saint. David arrives, asked by Liyah to try to end the feud, but explains that by the rules of the competition, they must complete with their initial crews. David and Elgin still refuse to forgive each other.

Elgin's crew, renamed "The Lil' Saints", compete at the Big Bounce finals, hosted by Wade Robson and Lil' Kim. The winner is announced, revealing a tie between "The Lil' Saints" and "Wade's Crew". Both crews refuse a tie, and Lil' Kim is advised by Mr. Rad, who declares a battle competition, "straight hood" with no rules, allowing other people to join the battling crews. David asks to join Elgin's crew, and with their friends’ support, Elgin forgives him and allows on the crew.

They battle Wade's crew, dedicating the battle to Lil' Saint, and win after receiving the crowd’s loud approval. Elgin gives his blessing for David and Liyah to be together. Wade and Max confront the winners, and David replies, "Y'all just mad, 'cause today, you suckas got served." As the crowd chants 'served', Wade and Max to leave in shame, and David and Elgin celebrate their victory with their friends and family.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

You Got Served Soundtrack features mainly music by B2K, but also Marques Houston, and many others. There were some profanities in the soundtrack such as "Streets Is Callin'" but did not receive a PA label. The soundtrack was released on December 23, 2003. Also, there was a release of a music video for B2K's single "Badaboom" featuring Fabolous and Marques Houston was the guest appearance.

Reception[edit]

You Got Served opened at the #1 spot in the United States and grossed $40.3 million; the total worldwide gross was $48.6 million.[1] It has a 17% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Parodies[edit]

  • You Got Served was parodied in the eighth-season episode of the animated series South Park entitled "You Got F'd in the A".
  • The film Meet the Spartans parodies this movie in a scene where the Spartans face off the Immortals.
  • 2009's Dance Flick also parodies this film.
  • The 2004 video game The Bard's Tale had a parody scene with a dance off between zombies and skeletons.
  • The show Robot Chicken parodies this film using characters from the anime Voltron. A second skit named "Young Black People on a Rhythm Team" also parodies the film, as well as the dance film genre in general.
  • In the online game Guild Wars Nightfall, if the dance command is entered at the correct place before the final battle the boss will dance and instantly kill you. The words "You Got Served" appear afterwards.

Sequels[edit]

You Got Served: Beat the World is a straight to DVD film released on June 21, 2011 starring Lil' C.

Beat the World is a film written and directed by Robert Adetuyi (writer of Stomp the Yard) released in 2011, by InnerCity Films. It was distributed in the United States on DVD by Sony Home Entertainment under the name You Got Served: Beat the World.[3][4] The film stars Tyrone Brown, Mishael Morgan, Nikki Grant and Parkour artist Chase Armitage.

The original soundtrack was produced by Frank Fitzpatrick and released on Hip Hop Connect. It features KRS-One, K’naan, Ziggy Marley, Nneka, Les Nubians, MV Bill, Talib Kweli, Sway and Lina. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy through EarthTones.

In 2019, a direct sequel to the film titled You Got Served 2, was announced.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "You Got Served". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  2. ^ "You Got Served - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  3. ^ "You Got Served: Beat the World (2011) - IMDb". IMDB. IMBD. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  4. ^ "You Got Served: Beat The World". Sony Pictures. Retrieved January 23, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "You Got Served 2 Teaser Comes with a Warning: Ya'll Ain't Ready". MovieWeb. Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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