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These senior citizens may each be almost a century young, but for Kara, (94) Maynie (95) and Terri (93) the journey to Las Vegas and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is just the beginning of a life's journey.

If you've seen Young@Heart, Ping Pong or any other number of documentaries that highlight seniors engaging in especially unsenior-like behaviour, then you'll find little surprise in Hip-Hoperation. Bryn Evans's well-meaning but ultimately flat doc follows the elderly New Zealand group of the title (get it?), whose members travel the world to rap and nap. It's cute, and some of the subjects offer poignant lessons on the power of artistic vitality, but there's little in the way of true depth here. At least the film finds some small moments of genuine fun, such as a Vegas performance that nabs the Guinness world record for "oldest dance troupe" (because there are records for everything, you see), and whenever group manager Billie Jordan pops up on screen. Otherwise, you might be better off playing a jazz-standard cover of Jay-Z's The Black Album and falling gently, peacefully asleep.