Battle of the Year

Synopsis: The producer Dante Graham promotes a group of b-boys expecting to bring the Battle of the Year Trophy back to the USA that have not won it in fifteen years. He hires his friend and former basketball coach Jason Blake that grieves the loss of his wife and son to prepare his team. Blake fires the whole team since they do not have motivation and decides to select a new group of dancers under the nickname of Dream Team. He also hires the youngster Franklyn and the choreographer of break-dance Stacy to help him. Along the months, Blake tries to implement teamwork and works hard with the group. In the competition in France, he has a great surprise.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Benson Lee
Production: Sony Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


That's last year's

Battle of the Year.

It's an international b-boy

competition held in France,

which for the last 15 years

the United States has lost.

I went to a concert

this past weekend,

and I overheard

some high school kids

saying that b-boying

was no longer cool

and it was something

their parents did.

That scared me.

It scared me

because this company,

everything I've built,

started off with b-boying.

It's obviously still

cool over in France.

The government subsidizes

Battle of the Year.

The government is

keeping hip-hop alive.

Still cool in Russia,



But it's not cool here

where it was founded.

Which would explain why,


our sales are down.

Merchandising, record sales,

ticket sales, apparel.

But for the first time

in this company's history,

international sales

are exceeding domestic.

We are in trouble.

Think about it,

if b-boying ain't cool,

how long before

hip-hop isn't cool?

And what will that mean

to our business, our company?

Hey, yo!

Wake up!

Hold on!

Get your ass up.

Come on, man. You can

sleep when you're dead.



See your maid doesn't

do windows, does she?

What the hell are

you doing here, man?

I've been calling,

you ain't been answering.

I've been busy lately.

All right, well, bring your busy

ass over and open up this door.

This ain't

no prison visit.

You look like shit.

Look, if you came

here to sweat me, D...

Came here to make

you a proposition.

You gonna

let me in or what?


This... This old thing work?

All right. Here we go.

Check this out.

That's Japan versus Korea,

world champions.

I mean,

b-boying ain't the same

from back in the days

when we were dancing, man.

I mean, what's the farthest

we ever had to go to battle,

the Bronx?

Now these kids are battling

in Japan, Germany, France.

So, the Battle of the Year

is coming up, right?

And I'm sponsoring

the US crew.

So my crew is called LA's Finest.

Now, these kids are good.

Acrobatic, they got skills,

but they're not great.


Only missing one thing.


I want you

to coach the crew.


Now, I know

you need money, so...

Here you go,

check that out,

let me know if that

meets your approval.

But the freestyle

sessions are next month,

and I need you to prepare

my crew for battle.

I was a basketball coach.

It doesn't matter.

A coach is a coach, and you were

the best I've ever seen, man.

It's in your heart.

I ain't that guy anymore.

Just come with me,

let's go check out the boys,

and if you think they suck,

you walk away.

No pressure.

So what are you waiting on?

You don't want me, D.

I mean, seriously,

how many opportunities

do you have

come knocking at

your window every day, WB?

Can't even keep

my own shit straight.

Look, I'm not

gonna stand here

and pretend like I know

what you're going through,

'cause I don't.

But, come on, man,

that fire in your heart,

that need to win

and the ability

to infect those around you and get

them to believe the same thing?

Man, you still got that shit.

Guys like you don't lose it.

Look, man, this right here,

this ain't you.

You had trajectory.

And I'll be frank

with you, man,

you and I both know

she's never coming back.

You know what, man?

We're done here.

I was wrong.

This was a prison visit.

And this is

your cell, man.

The only difference has been

between my life and yours,

is that I made a life

out of opening doors

and you made one

out of closing them.


One Entertainment. Please hold.

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