I wish I could say this was even a by-the-numbers dance flick, but the truth is that even this faint praise would be too good for this badly put together breakdance movie. Written and directed by Emily Dell, who has just one previous credit as a production assistant, I wonder how this project ever got greenlit.
For starters, the characters are apallingly miscast. The three women cast unconvincingly as daughter, mother and grandmother of the same family have perhaps 20 years age difference between them in total, and are even of different racial backgrounds.
Then there's the direction, which can't decide if it wants to be a documentary or a classic dance flick. The camera work and editing starts out clipped, raw and very mockumentary in style (with some terrible pacing shoehorned in), but soon reverts to Hollywood dance-movie conventions. This really jarrs and makes the film feel unfinished.
Thirdly there is the worst screenplay and dialogue I've encountered since Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus. The screenplay bounces from one cliche line to another whilst taking itself far too seriously, with too much emphasis on the fight of the B-Girl in a B-Boy world, and a heavy dose of romance against the gritty backdrop of LA gang war to feel anything other than embarrassingly trite.
The lead actress can really dance - she's one of the best B-Girls I've seen and certainly has the moves, if not the individual style, but there isn't nearly enough dancing in the film to satisfy the hardcore B-Boy audience this movie was obviously targeted toward.
Unfortunately B-Girl is a B-Movie made by the B Team, and will not feature on even the most hardcore Breaker's A list of Breakdance movies unless it gets re-cast, re-shot and re-edited.