Battle of the Year (film)

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Battle of the Year
Battle of the Year 2013.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byBenson Lee
Produced byBeau Flynn
Tripp Vinson
Amy Lo
Written byBrin Hill
Chris Parker
Based onPlanet B-Boy 
by Benson Lee
StarringJosh Holloway
Laz Alonso
Josh Peck
Caity Lotz
Chris Brown
Music byChristopher Lennertz
CinematographyVasco Nunes
Michael Barrett
Editing byPeter S. Elliot
StudioContrafilm
Distributed byScreen Gems
Release dates
  • September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Running time109 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[1]
Box office$16,549,477[2]
 
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Battle of the Year
Battle of the Year 2013.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byBenson Lee
Produced byBeau Flynn
Tripp Vinson
Amy Lo
Written byBrin Hill
Chris Parker
Based onPlanet B-Boy 
by Benson Lee
StarringJosh Holloway
Laz Alonso
Josh Peck
Caity Lotz
Chris Brown
Music byChristopher Lennertz
CinematographyVasco Nunes
Michael Barrett
Editing byPeter S. Elliot
StudioContrafilm
Distributed byScreen Gems
Release dates
  • September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Running time109 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[1]
Box office$16,549,477[2]

Battle of the Year is a 2013 American 3D dance film directed by Benson Lee.[3] The film was released on September 20, 2013 through Screen Gems and stars Josh Holloway, Chris Brown, Laz Alonso, Caity Lotz, and Josh Peck. Battle of the Year is based upon Lee's documentary about the b-boying competition of the same name. It initially held the working title of Planet B Boy, and includes some cinematography by the original doc DP "Vasco Nunes".[4]

Plot[edit]

The film follows Coach Blake and Dante as they bring the best b-boy dancers from all over the USA to compete in the Battle Of The Year competition to bring the title back to America after 15 years of defeat.

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

Film company Screen Gems first began planning for a feature film adaptation of Lee's documentary Planet B-Boy In 2009 after discovering that while interest in breakdancing had declined in the United States, it still enjoyed popularity in other countries.[5] Chris Brown and Josh Holloway were announced as being attached to the project in October 2011.[6] Filming began in late 2011 in Los Angeles, with more filming taking place in Montpellier, France.[4]

Marketing[edit]

The first trailer for Battle of the Year was released in July 2012, with Adam Chitwood, Associate Editor of Collider stating that "if B-boy competitions are your thing I assume you'll have some interest in Battle of the Year."[7] Screen Crush commented that the 3D aspect "could be a lot of fun with a film like this" but questioned whether the film would stand out against "an A-list title".[8]

Reception[edit]

The film was universally panned by film critics; it currently holds a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 45 reviews with the consensus: "With a hopelessly hokey plot and unintentionally hilarious dialogue, Battle of the Year is flimsy even by the standards of the dance movie genre."

Chris Brown was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor in the 34th Golden Raspberry Awards for his work in the film.

Box office[edit]

Grossing roughly $16 million, the film failed to recoup its budget of $20 million.

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