Stomp the Yard

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2007


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Stomp The Yard is a 2007 film starring Columbus Short as DJ Wiliams, a college student who has an unusual University experience after the death of his brother Duron (Chris Brown) with the help of his roommate Rich Brown (rapper Ne-Yo) and April (Meagan Good). DJ and his brother competed in dance competitions in inner-city L.A, until one turned ugly and ended up with his brother dead. When DJ is sent to live with his aunt and uncle to attend historically black Truth University, he is still hurting from his loss and doesn't have the easiest time fitting in. He is immediately attracted to April, a girl he meets, but finds out that her boyfriend Grant (Darrin Henson) isn't his biggest fan. Grant is however the best stepper in fraternity Mu Gamma Xi, seven time champions in national competitions. Although grant dislikes DJ, he sees his dancing talents and invites him to join the fraternity, which Grant declines. After initially rejecting an invitation to rival stepping fraternity Theta Nu Theta, April convinces him to change his mind, and both he and Rich become Thetas. With a lot of work, and guidance from Sylvester (Brian J. White), the Theta president, DJ serves to help the Thetas become a better dance team- even having a shot at beating the Gammas, and he could learn a few things from them as well. Conflicts with Grant, April, and April's father stand in his way, and the cheating ways of the Gammas could cost him the dancing success he's rightfully earned. DJ will have to be a strong dancer and person to come out on top, move on from his old life in his brother's honor, and get the girl.


Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times

    A strange and at times strangely compelling mix of black fraternity recruitment video and inspirational tale about a hip-hop boy in a stepping world.

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    The dancing is more dynamic than the plotting in Stomp the Yard, an energetic if formulaic underdog tale about warring black fraternities specializing in an intensely competitive s...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Yes, stepping is an age-old tradition at historically African American schools, but this smells of desperation; one more misstep for a film with two left feet.



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    Arts, Drama, Music


    music and dancing, rebellious youth, African-American Drama, adrenaline junkies, mind bending moves