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Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is an American 1984 film directed by Sam Firstenberg.[2] It is a sequel to the 1984 breakdancing film Breakin'. Electric Boogaloo was released seven months after its predecessor by TriStar Pictures. In some international locations the film was released under the title Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo. Another sequel, Rappin' (also known as Breakdance 3) was made but had an unconnected plot and different lead characters – only Ice-T features in all three films.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo theatrical release poster
Directed bySam Firstenberg
Produced by
Written by
  • Charles Parker
  • Allen DeBevoise
  • Jan Ventura
  • Julie Reichert
Music byMichael Linn
CinematographyHanania Baer
Edited by
  • Sally Allen
  • Bert Glatstein
  • Bob Jenkis
  • Marcus Manton
  • Barry Zetlin
Distributed byTriStar Pictures[1]
Release date
December 21, 1984[1]
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$15.1 million[1]


Breakin' 2 features three characters from Breakin' – Kelly (Lucinda Dickey), Orlando "Ozone" Barco (Adolfo Quinones), and Tony "Turbo" Ainley (Michael Chambers) – who struggle to stop the demolition of a community recreation center by a developer who wants to build a shopping mall. Viktor Manoel, Ice-T, and Martika also appear as dancers.


Critical receptionEdit

Though most critics rated the film poorly,[3][4] New York Press film critic Armond White considered it to be "superb"[5] and Roger Ebert gave the film a three-star rating.[6] Rotten Tomatoes currently gives it a rating of 29% based on 7 reviews.[7]


Like its predecessor, much of the film's soundtrack was provided by Ollie & Jerry, comprising the duo Ollie E. Brown and Jerry Knight. The title track, "Electric Boogaloo", reached number 45 on the R&B charts.[8]

  1. "Electric Boogaloo" – Ollie & Jerry
  2. "Radiotron" – Firefox
  3. "Din Daa Daa" – George Kranz
  4. "When I.C.U." – Ollie & Jerry
  5. "Gotta Have the Money" – Steve Donn
  6. "Believe in the Beat" – Carol Lynn Townes
  7. "Set it out" – Midway
  8. "I Don't Wanna Come Down" – Mark Scott
  9. "Stylin' Profilin'" – Firefox
  10. "Oye Mamacita" – Rags & Riches

Home video releasesEdit

On April 15, 2003, MGM Home Entertainment released Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo as a bare-bones DVD. On April 21, 2015, Shout! Factory released the film, along with Breakin', as a double feature Blu-ray.


The subtitle "Electric Boogaloo", originally a reference to a funk-oriented dance style of the same name, has entered the pop-culture lexicon as a snowclone pejorative nickname to denote an archetypical sequel.[9] The usual connotation is of either a ridiculous sequel title, or of the follow-up to an obscure or eclectic movie (or other work).[10][11] The band Five Iron Frenzy titled one of their albums Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo.[12] The band Minus the Bear features the song Get Me Naked 2: The Electric Boogaloo on the album Highly Refined Pirates. An episode of the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was titled "Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo".[13] Other news articles and media have used the Electric Boogaloo subtitle, and it has also become an Internet meme.[12]

A documentary about the Cannon Group was released in 2014 called Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films of which Breakin' and Breakin' 2 were featured.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Variety Staff (December 31, 1983). "Review: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 19, 1984). "Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo (1984) SCREEN: 'BREAKIN' 2'". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  5. ^ White, Armond (August 4, 2010). "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". New York Press. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1984). "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Electric Boogaloo". Billboard. January 26, 1985.
  9. ^ Zimmer, Ben (August 9, 2007). "Phrasal Patterns 2: Electric Boogaloo". OUPblog. Oxford University Press. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (December 22, 2007). "The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 1, 2017. No one ever sets out to make a bad movie. But it happens. A lot. Especially when there’s a 2, a III, or an Electric Boogaloo in the title. Hollywood’s mania for sequels is a relatively new development.
  11. ^ Harvey, Dennis (January 29, 2004). "Review: 'You Got Served'". Variety. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
  12. ^ a b Patches, Matt (December 22, 2014). "How 'Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo' Became a Movie and Then a Meme". Grantland. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  13. ^ Fowler, Matt (January 6, 2016). "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: "Chardee MacDennis 2: Electric Boogaloo" Review". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Foundas, Scott (September 9, 2014). "Toronto Film Review: 'Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films'". Retrieved June 1, 2017.

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