In 1984, Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan’s Cannon Films didn’t miss a step in their attempts to exploit breakdancing’s mainstream breakthrough. In May of that year, the studio released Breakin’, then brought out its sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo in December. (The companion piece, Rappin’ ,followed the next May.) These are not, by any stretch of the imagination, great movies. But they are fun movies that, thanks in part to being made and released so quickly, preserve a lot of ’80s culture and some great dancing that might otherwise have been lost. Of the two, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, is the sillier, pitting its fresh-faced, loosed-limbed stars against an evil real-estate developer out to tear down a community center. Their solution: Dance, dance, dance. Never boring, the film occasionally tips into surrealism, as in this hospital scene:
Because there’s no problem breakdancing can’t solve. Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo airs on Ecore Family, at 8:40 p.m. Eastern.