Dance Flick

If – and it’s a big if – you loved ‘Date Movie’ and ‘Meet the Spartans’, here’s more of the same. With the recent rash of urban dance films like ‘Step Up’, the genre is ripe for mocking. But this steers clear of smart observational comedy and goes for gross-out every time.

Megan is a white dancer who learns street moves from African-American Thomas. Dance battles and romance follow, but this is really just a series of spoof sketches. If it had stuck to a ‘Save the Last Dance’ template, it might have had a chance, but it throws in too many random references: ‘Crash’, ‘Ray’, ‘Twilight’, ‘Juno’…

There’s a glimpse of socially aware humour in its take on street culture (Thomas pretends he’s giving Megan directions when black girls walk past). But most of the comedy involves exaggerated pratfalls and puerile sex gags. That there’s a teacher called Ms Cameltoe says it all.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday August 21 2009
Duration: 83 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Damien Wayans
Cast: Amy Sedaris
Damon Wayans Jr.
Shoshana Bush
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lorel

this movie is mostly for teens because adult would find this movie dumb, racist, sexist, etc. But yea tenns it is a hilarious movie for you I loved but that"s my opinion. I thought it was worth watching because me and my friend just made fun of it and laughed the whole time especially when they did the spoof of the song and movie FAME because I was in the show Fame it made it even funnier.

Rory

Neither. I am Damien Wayans! No really, it was a terrible film, not even worth one star!

Matt

This film really, truly is a monster pile of canine excrement. Please do not waste your time or money on this absolutely terrible drivel. After watching this film I actually felt violated. I still feel violated. I cannot believe that the sweet-looking cashier actually let me pay for a ticket to see this horrendous rubbish. This film has no redeeming features whatsoever. It is a strong contender for the single most appalling movie ever made. ... I am not of a politically correct persuasion. I will happily laugh at sexist, homophobic and mildly racist jokes and associate with sexist, moderately homophobic, mildly racist people. But the overwhelming majority of the purported jokes in this film basically consist of nothing more than poking fun at fat people, gays, lesbians, blacks, interracial dating and even a blind guy in a way which completely fails to reach even the lowest bar for any kind of humour to be actually funny. The hilarity of this supposed humour reaches such heights as a fat man wanting a slice of pie, a black man being an absentee father and a girl committing suicide. Yes, it's that funny. And as if that weren't bad enough, you get the same abysmally misjudged "comedy" repeated again and again - yes, I do mean that they reuse virtually the same, identical gags in the space of a single film. (E.g. the absentee father gags, and the fat man food gags, which just keep on coming.) This film is not even worth watching for the dancing, which is just made ridiculous by totally over the top, stupid special effects which wouldn't even work in a cartoon for children, let alone a film which is so grotesque that I would never let a child near it. Of the so-called jokes which consist of something other than a hugely crass play on a stereotype of some kind (with no original humour to back it up whatsoever), the majority are of the "oh she got hit by a car, isn't that funny" variety. In other words, they are just utterly pointless. ... This film made me feel very sad for the human race that there are actually people out there who can and will put a film together which sucks as badly as this one and there are more people who will put it on in the cinema. I wouldn't mind the no doubt supposedly ironic racism if the film were actually funny. For the record, the purported irony does not come across at all. The film basically seems to be making purely racist, homophobic statements, on the assumption that merely making those statements will make the film funny. They missed the vital ingredient in this equation:- actual humour. This film has very, very scant comedy value. ... In the interests of a completely fair review I will confess that on a small number of occasions I did laugh, mostly rather feebly, at some of the infantile gags that this atrocious, execrable waste of screen time inflicts upon the audience. Mostly that was near the beginning of the film before I realised quite how utterly dreadful this ludicrous excuse for a movie is. ... Being as un-PC as I am, I can stomach the racism and homophobia which this film is built on. But what I find truly repugnant is the way that this film cheapens other, much better films (e.g. Twilight and some film about dancing or ballet that I remember seeing once) with its utterly uninspired references to them. How dare the makers of this steaming pile of horse manure associate actual proper films with it by including these references?? ... I would have left the film early due to sheer boredom at its pathetic attempts at humour if I had not been stuck waiting for a friend 140 miles from home. Everyone who is in any way associated with this film and cannot prove that they were utterly desperate for cash should be banned from ever working in anything associated with entertainment ever again. This film is beyond dire. It is quite possibly the worst thing that I have ever seen and I have seen some pretty bad films. I wish I had not seen it. I feel as if by giving over my money for a ticket to see this film I was allowing myself to be robbed. Do not see this film. You will have more fun sitting in your livingroom looking at the wallpaper, and I really, really do mean that. Even if you are a racist, sexist, homophobic, eugenicist bigot, you will hate this film. It has absolutely nothing to recommend it. It does not even deserve the single star I have to give it to count as rating it. Watching it is simply torture. Really, honestly, truly do not bother. That's 83 excruciating minutes of your life which you will never get back.