Often Gratuitous and Sometimes Unacceptable
Release Date: May 22, 2009
Starring: Shoshana Bush, Damon Wayans, Jr., David Alan Grier, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, Christina Murphy, Brennan Hillard, Amy Sedaris, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Craig Wayans, Chaunte Wayans, and Michael Wayans
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 83 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Damien Wayans
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In the story, a beautiful white girl, Megan, who lost her mother in a freaky accident, comes to live with her poor father in the city. At her new high school, she meets Thomas Uncles, a handsome black street dancer. Despite some conflict at first, Megan and Thomas begin practicing dancing together and start to fall for one another. Megan also befriends Charity, a fellow student who’s also a single mother. Thomas and Megan’s romantic bliss may be snuffed out, however, when Sugar Bear, the local obese gangster, demands that Thomas and his friend A-Con pay back $5,000 they owe him. Thomas and A-Con figure they might get the money by winning a local street dance contest, but they need a crew of dancers to compete. Megan and her high school friends at the annual talent show come to the rescue.
Like most spoofs of this kind, the comedy in DANCE FLICK is hit and miss. One of the funniest bits is David Alan Grier, as Sugar Bear’s, hilarious rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s climactic song in DREAMGIRLS. Instead of singing “You’re gonna love me,” the obese, gluttonous Sugar Bear sings, “You’re gonna feed me!”
Regrettably, most of the movie’s jokes are not as clean and funny as the ones in that scene. For example, there is an extremely crude joke about an adult dance instructor’s female anatomy. There are also some strong homosexual references in the movie. For instance, one of the white high school students sings, “I’m gay” to the title tune of FAME. Also, the school’s acting teacher advises the male students that actors sometimes have to challenge their “manhood”, and he promptly kisses Thomas smack on the lips. DANCE FLICK also contains plenty of foul language.
All in all, the most offensive jokes in DANCE FLICK, coupled with the foul language, are gratuitous and excessive. Thus, DANCE FLICK does not meet MOVIEGUIDE®’s objective biblical standards of acceptability.
Like most spoofs, the comedy in DANCE FLICK is hit and miss. One of the funniest bits is David Alan Grier, as Sugar Bear’s, hilarious rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s climactic song in DREAMGIRLS. Regrettably, most of the movie’s jokes are not as clean and funny as the ones in that scene. The most offensive jokes in DANCE FLICK, coupled with the foul language, are gratuitous and excessive. DANCE FLICK does not meet MOVIEGUIDE®’s objective biblical standards of acceptability.