OK... It is kind of embarrassing that I actually watched this film, but what is even more embarrassing is that I actually liked it.
I have never seen the original film, but "Step Up 2" had a lot of good stuff in it. It had characters that I cared about. Briana Evigan plays the lead and she is really the reason why I watched this film and liked it so much. There is something about her that really keeps my attention. Her character is an underdog and outcast, but by the end of the film, she has it all. Not only is Evigan a very good actress, but she is an incredible dancer. I am not really into watching people dance, but the things that she does is pretty remarkable.
Even though I did like the film, a lot of it was awful corny. The dialogue was cheesy and some of the supporting actors were not very good. There were several scenes where the ADR was very obvious and that always hurts a scene.
"Step Up 2" has its problems. It's not for everyone, obviously. It may be a chick flick, but it's a good one.
B- I recommend it.