Megalyn Echiunwoke & Naturi Naughton “Bring It On” In Charles Stone III-Directed “Step Sisters” Film [Trailer]
Think the quirky college girl antics of Pitch Perfect with a hefty mix of Bring It On and you have the trailer for Step Sisters.
Originally planned for a March theatrical release, the Charles Stone III-directed Step Sisters film is debuting Jan. 19 as a Netflix exclusive. Scripted by Dear White People’s Chuck Hayward, the story centers around an ambitious black sorority girl, Jamilah, who is enlisted by her dean to teach the art of black Greek stepping to a white sorority whose charter is about to be revoked.
In the trailer the culture-shock element that was done so tactifully and tastefully in Bring It On is a bit wonky in Step Sisters. Instead of facing it and handling it with aplomb, Step Sisters shows that this project is a bit clunky with the message more about “girl power” and being judged for “looking different”. Early reactions to this film have been blahzay-blahzay, to say the least, with many finding fault with the film’s jokes on racial stereotyping and cultural appropriation.
The Flash star Megalyn Echikunwoke defended the film, stating, “The comedy, stereotypes and the social references are meant to be thought-provoking. It’s definitely meant to be provocative. It might be offensive to some people. It’s not like we are trying to be offensive, but I think we’re definitely pushing it a little in a good way.”
Step Sisters stars Megalyn Echikunwoke, Matt McGorry, Naturi Naughton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Marque Richardson, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly, Nia Jervier and Alessandra Torresani.
Watch the Step Sisters trailer below:
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