"Often Gratuitous and Sometimes Unacceptable"
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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.
(PaPaPa, HoHo, LLL, VV, SS, NNN, AA, MM) Very strong, irreverent pagan worldview that spoofs urban dance movies and other musicals, but the focus is on hit-and-miss comedy rather than any particular message per se, plus some strong homosexual references in comical contexts; at least 30 obscenities, one possible strong profanity and three light profanities; strong comic violence includes dancer spinning on head saws through wooden floor, man falls off uncompleted freeway (apparently to his death), man’s leg cut off, slapping, shoving, teenage boy punches teenage girl, really fat man falling from great height crushes man under him, baby almost falls from window and hits window, and threats; strong homosexual references includes men kissing and light sexual references (mostly in dialogue), plus teenage student carries around her baby; frontal lower female nudity shows obscenely through female teacher’s spandex pants in two scenes and upper female nudity shows through tight clothes of three female dancers; alcohol use and drunkenness; mo smoking or drugs; and, two or three uses of the “N” word, teenage student leaves baby in her locker, character says “God hates you,” threats, and gambling.
DANCE FLICK is a spoof of recent urban dance movies like STEP UP and YOU GOT SERVED. It also spoofs such musicals as FAME, FLASHDANCE, DREAMGIRLS, and the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL trilogy. The movie gets in some jibes at racial political correctness in America. Regrettably, it has some excessively lewd jokes that are unnecessary, as well as a few other crude jokes and much foul language. There are also some strong homosexual references.
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.
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