Nobody goes to see the third film in a franchise expecting Oscar-worthy scripts or acting. But if any more time had been spent on those attributes in Step Up 3D, there wouldn't have been room for the dance.
There is a plot, of sorts: Step Up 2's Moose (Adam Sevani) goes to NYU after promising his parents he'll stop dancing. But when he literally stumbles into a dance-off, he meets a dance crew called The Pirates, and promises to take part in the World Jam. The Pirates are a rag-tag group led by Ashton Kutcher-lookalike Luke (Rick Malambri). Add a mysterious love interest, cliches galore, a rich bad guy, a seemingly insurmountable setback - and voila, that's the plot.
But what makes it so enjoyable is the deluge of dance - from the odd step that no character seems capable of holding in, to the larger-than-life routines (the burst-hydrant and Astaire scenes are glorious).
And when you actually feel like water is about to splash your dorky glasses, you know the 3D is worth it. Take note, Tim Burton.