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I haven't seen the film yet, though Link has piqued my curiosity. I don't balk at the idea that a dance movie aimed at teenagers (particularly one released by a second-tier studio) would contain subversive ideas, as filmmakers often have used disreputable genres to smuggle radical sentiments into theaters. Consider George Romero's antiestablishment horror films, Stephanie Rothman's feminist-themed exploitation movies, or the experimental stretches of the Monkees musical Head.
I'm also curious to see how Step Up Revolution compares with a recent Taiwanese entertainment called Girlfriend Boyfriend (aka Gf*Bf), which opens at the River East on Friday. That film is another fusion of protest and pop art, depicting the mid-80s student movement against martial law as a John Hughes-like high school comedy. The dramatic content can be tacky (I'm sure the same can be said of Step Up Revolution), but the film's aesthetic pleasures are undeniable. Director Yang Ya-che shoots much of the action as though he were making a musical: if you're the sort of viewer who enjoys a good tracking shot for its own sake, Girlfriend Boyfriend may be one of the best films you see all year.
Where Girlfriend Boyfriend makes a historic movement the stuff of pop life, Step Up Revolution (according to Link) brings political subtext to pop. I wonder if one recipe is superior to the other if both result in the same flavor.