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DANCE FLICK

SYNOPSIS:
Street dancer Thomas Uncles (Damon Wayans Jr) is from the wrong side of the tracks, but his bond with the beautiful Megan White (Shoshana Bush) might help the duo realize their dreams as the enter in the mother of all dance battles.

Review by Louise Keller:
If you're really out of it, you might get off on it. There are few laughs and plenty of lows in the Wayans Brothers new pic, Dance Flick, a low-brow comedy spoof whose appeal will no doubt vary depending on how inebriated you are. Speaking of which, I did laugh at the breathalyser indicator whose levels start at Mel Gibson, Nick Nolte and end on Amy Winehouse, and there are some clever ideas buried somewhere in the crass, tackiness of the Wayans mindset. But the film is really for the fans of the Wayans style of humour, reminiscent of their Scary Movie, White Chicks spoofs and relies on audiences knowing their movie moments.

The film plays like a series of skits that send up movies, thrashing them all together and hoping for the best. The pay off is miniscule and everything kinda fizzles at the end. A few moments bring things to life intermittently, like the High School Musical 3-style delivery of the theme song from Fame ('I'll be gay forever') and the Little Miss Sunshine reveal when the wide-eyed Megan (Shoshana Bush) shows us the moves her grandad showed her. But farting, urinating and all kinds of toilet humour takes pride of place (like in the Dirty Dancing lift scene, miniature disco balls protruding from a crotch and the ballet teacher named Ms Cameltoe for pronounced, apparent reasons to do with the look of her fitting leotards around the crotch).

Dance Flick brings together the extended version of the Wayans family, coupling two generations as director, writers and stars. It's all overdone but is never fast enough, clever enough, well thought through enough and rates way too high on the cringe meter. Bad taste is rampant as Crash is parodied (Lindsay, Brandy and Halle are the names on the licence plates of the offending cars that run over Megan's mother and there's a musical called 'Your Mother's Dead') and there's a (black) baby dangled carelessly out of a window. Hair Spray, Dancing with the Stars, Step Up, Black Snake Moan, Ray, Save the Last Dance are some of the other films that are taken to task. It all begins with impossible moves on a rowdy dance floor in which a dancer's head drills through the floorboards and then everything goes down, down, down from there.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

DANCE FLICK (MA)
(US, 2009)

CAST: Shoshana Bush, Damon Wayans Jr, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, Luis Dalmasy Jr, Chris Elliott, Christiana Murphy, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

PRODUCER: Keenon Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

DIRECTOR: Damien Dante Wayans

SCRIPT: Keenon Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Irwin

EDITOR: Scott Hill

MUSIC: Not credited

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Aaron Osborne

RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 20, 2009







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