CANNON MONTH: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Kelly “Special K” Bennett (Lucinda Dickey), Orlando “Ozone” Barco (Adolfo Quinones), and Tony “Turbo” Ainley (Michael Chambers) are back, seven months after Breakin’ and while that movie is great, Breakin’ 2 exists in a world that is not our own and we’re all the better for it.

Directed by Sam Firstenberg — who delivered some of Cannon’s best movies including Revenge of the NinjaNinja III: The DominationAmerican Ninja — it’s all about the T.K.O. Crew trying to stop the demolition of the Miracles community center by a developer who wants to build a shopping mall, which is very much 1984.

Made back in the days before the term Boogaloo was co-opted by far-right extremists to describe an uprising against the American government that would be the sequel to the civil war — ironic because, you know, most of these groups are incredibly anti-Semitic and boogaloo was a made-up word from Cannon co-owner Menahem Golan — this is the kind of movie I put on whenever I want to change my mood instantly. It somehow unites the best part of the 80s with what I love about big Hollywood musicals and is only concerned with entertaining you as much as it can.

For example, the dance number where Michael Chambers walks on the ceiling was Golan’s idea. A big Fred Astaire fan, he suggested the scene which was inspired by The Royal Wedding. It was made with the same gimbal — a rotating room — from A Nightmare on Elm Street. As a thank you, a picture of Freddy’s glove is hanging on the wall.

Ice-T returns to rap before the end of the movie, there’s a dance number in a hospital that brings a dead patient back to life and every single person in this movie somehow knows how to dance. And it’s great. It’s the kind of world that I wish we lived in, a place where music and dance can save anything and anyone.

This is top tier Cannon. You can watch it on Tubi.

For more info on both Breakin’ movies, get Austin Trunick’s The Cannon Film Guide Volume 1: 1980-1984.

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