LRA writes: The Step Up series must be viewed with a certain filter in order to be enjoyed, they are almost critic proof by this point. These films are nothing more than a string of events loosely linked together as an excuse to have some very talented dancers strut their stuff in some pretty amazing dance routines. Each film in the series has progressively gotten more elaborate but they have also gotten more ridiculous as a result. The first Step Up was more of less your typical romance/dance flick with a slightly bigger emphasis on the story, but by the third film we see a kid forced to dance battle his way out of a restroom full of hip hop ninjas led by a man who is wearing a stealth boom box jacket. To say the series started stretching the boundaries of reality would be a severe understatement.