(Corbin Bleu, Paula Brancati, et al / DVD / NR / (2006) 2007 / Disney DVD)
Overview: Story revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu), who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary (KeKe Palmer), however, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, the young man discovers a hidden passion for jump roping within him.
DVD Verdict: All Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu) knows is boxing. He's the third generation boxer in his family and hopes to be the third to win the coveted Golden Glove. After defeating neighborhood bully Rodney (Patrick Johnson, Jr.), he's well on his way. Izzy's neighbor has an obsession all her own - Double Dutch jump rope. Mary (Keke Palmer) is quite good at it and the leader of a team trying to make the state competition. Izzy constantly teases Mary and her team mates about their jumping.
All that changes one day when Izzy is forced to take his sister to watch a Double Dutch competition. He's fascinated by what he sees. When Mary's team looses one of their members, Izzy agrees to step in while they search for another member but only to help them practice. He quickly finds that, not only is he good at it, but he loves it. Even more then boxing. Can he balance the two sports? Does he want to? What will his dad say when he finds out about it?
There's not doubt that this movie is modeled after High School Musical. Not only does it have similar (but not identical) plot points, but it even stars Corbin Bleu. But that's not to say this is a bad film. While I knew where the story was going, I was still drawn into events. The cast all does a good job acting. And the Double Dutch scenes were choreographed so well. They were fun to watch. This is definitely a movie trying to cash in on the success of High School Musical. But that doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. It's an entertaining movie in it's own right. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Learn the Moves: Corbin Bleu teaches you how to double dutch
Inside the Ropes: The Making of Jump In!
Keke Palmer music video: "Jumpin'"
T-Squad music video: "Vertical"