The Next Step (1997) from Tuna

The Next Step (1997) is supposedly about the world of Broadway dancers, but, in reality, is about one dancer who is passing his prime, screwing everything that holds still long enough, and desperately trying to keep working as a dancer. 
Along the way, he cheats on his girlfriend, Kristin Moreu, enough times that she dumps him. We see a nipple slip in one scene, and a dark side breast view. Among the women he has sex with is someone (Pamela Berkeley) he picked up during his brief try as a waiter in a male strip club. She shows clear breasts after sex. He tries to charge her, and ends up grabbing money from her purse. This wouldn't be too bad, except that they want us to care for this character. 


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DVD info from Amazon.

  • no widescreen

  • no features

There are long dance sequences that are, at best, only interesting to dancers, and they hired dancers for this film, not actors, so there was no acting. 

The Critics Vote

  • Apollo 40/100

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 6.6, based on an insignificant number of votes. It should be lower. Apollo voters say 46/100
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics - or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D+.

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