The “Step Up” series is the rare franchise that has grown more ambitious with each installment. As the dance numbers have become flashier and splashier, the stories have become more fanciful, occasionally even supplementing their be-yourself bromides with socially engaged ideas.
But “Step Up All In,” directed by the dancer and choreographer Trish Sie, signals a slight retreat from the bonkers, protest-themed “Step Up Revolution” (2012), which pitted a tactically divided flash mob against a politically connected real estate developer. The new film, the fifth in the series, tackles a humbler subject: the travails of the working artist.
Sean (Ryan Guzman), the hero of the last movie, struggles to start a career as a dancer in Los Angeles. Having lost the confidence of his crew, he plans to enter a televised contest in Las Vegas, whose prize is a three-year booking.