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DANCE FLICK (2009) *** ½

Dance Flick is the latest spoof from The (ever-expanding) Wayans Brothers.  It lampoons just about every dancing movie from the past twenty years.  (The one notable omission:  Dirty Dancing.)  No plot rundown is needed but if I give you a list of films it makes fun of, then you’ll get the general idea of what to expect:  You Got Served, Step Up, Step Up 2:  The Streets, Bring It On, Roll Bounce, Flashdance, Save the Last Dance, High School Musical, and so on and so on.  The fact that I haven’t seen any of these movies didn’t matter because it was still funny as shit.

 

My main criterion for a comedy is:  Did I laugh?  A comedy could have poor editing, shitty direction, and awful acting but as long as it keeps bringing the funny, that’s all I care about.  With Dance Flick I was constantly cracking up, so I can’t bear to give it any less than *** ½.  I was flirting with even giving it Four Stars for a while but the laughs became more infrequent about ¾ into the film when the Wayans had to throw in the obligatory “plot”.

 

There are some things in this movie that had me straight up busting a gut.  I don’t want to really spoil the best moments for you.  Just know that you should be on the lookout for the dead-on parody of “Fame” and any scene involving Charity (Essence Atkins) and her son.  Hands down the best performance came from Amy (Strangers with Candy) Sedaris, who plays Miss Cameltoe.  (“It’s pronounced Ka-Mel-Twa!”)  I dare you not to laugh when she starts “beat-boxing”. 

Overall,
I don’t think Dance Flick was quite as funny as Scary Movie but I liked it more than Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.  If that isn't a wholehearted recommendation, I don't know what is.

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