Review by Jack Foley
THE dance movie genre was always ripe to be spoofed given the optimistic nature of most of those movies. But Dance Flick gets the parody completely wrong, emerging as yet another crass attempt to poke fun at a genre like Epic Movie, Meet The Spartans and others of that ilk.
Directed by Damien Dante Wayans and co-written by brothers Marlon, Shawn, Keenen Ivory and Craig, the film stars Damon Wayans Jr and Soshana Bush as a mis-matched couple who get to put their lives in order through the medium of dance.
Everything from High School Musical and Hairspray to Step Up and Stomp The Yard gets lampooned, as well as – curiously – Twilight.
But while the occasional sight gag works and provides the odd guilty guffaw, most of the humour leans towards the crude, rude and utterly bad taste.
A hip-hop chick giving birth to her baby on the dancefloor is one of several gags that misfire spectacularly, while endless jokes at the expense of colour and obesity just feel like cheap shots at easy marks.
The brief running time means that the agony isn’t prolonged, but quite how or why there is still a market for these kinds of films is a real mystery.
They’re lazy, uninspired and juvenile experiences that exist to cash in on creativity.
Brother Marlon has recently suggested that the Wayans are done with the over-saturated spoof market for now. We can only hope that’s true.
Running time: 76mins
UK DVD Release: January 18, 2010