Dave White
Dance Flick Review

Dave's Rating:


More Wayans than you ever imagined.

Who's In It: Shoshana Bush, Damon Wayans Jr., Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, Chris Elliott, David Alan Grier, Amy Sedaris

The Basics: A parody of dance-themed, music-filled movies like High School Musical, Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Flashdance, Dreamgirls, Fame, Hairspray, Stomp the Yard and You Got Served as well as ATL, Roll Bounce, Twilight and... Black Snake Moan. So the half dozen of you who actually saw Black Snake Moan are going to think that one gag is a riot. And why no love for How She Move?

What's The Deal: It seems beside the point to even try to write a review of a Wayans Family movie. They are, technically, some of the most rotten films getting wide releases of the past decade. So why do I find myself laughing out loud over at least 50 percent of the stupid, stupid, stupid, STOOPIT stuff I see on screen? Part of their appeal is how brazen they are about offending everyone they can think of, with jokes based on Imus's "nappy-headed ho" remark or about babies getting sexually transmitted diseases, their willingness to put white actors in blackface for a laugh or to re-imagine High School Musical as a drama about a repressed gay basketball star. Aiming that low and still making people laugh over truly soft, obvious targets is an under-appreciated talent.

How To Watch It: Not in a theater. A movie like this will best be experienced by viewing randomly ordered chapters on the eventual DVD. There's no real story happening anyway, just a series of loosely tied bits. So it's sort of like experimental cinema.

Who's Awful/Who's Awesome: David Alan Grier as "Sugar Bear," an extremely obese gangster who sings "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," changing up the lyrics so they're about pies and ham, is too on the nose and not outrageous enough. But Amy Sedaris as "Ms. Cameltoe," an insulting dance instructor who is as 3-D below the waist as a PG-13 film will allow, is pretty wicked. At the end of the movie--spoiler here--she uses her animatronic physical anomaly to beatbox while she raps.

Wait For The Credits: So you can witness how the Wayans's keep the family bank accounts filled. A quick glance at the cast list reveals that about a third of the people on screen have the same last name. They make that reality show family with the 18 kids look like amateurs.


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