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Dance Flick Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    40

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Dance Flick occasionally hits its mark with nimble execution. But too often it stumbles clumsily into bad taste.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The best bits in this film fall short of being inspired, but they are outrageous.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The Wayans brothers manage to squeeze it all in to consistently amusing effect and in a way that just barely manages to stay within those PG-13 parameters.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Enjoyably dirty-minded sendup of when-ballet-met-hip-hop youth musicals.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Dumb spoof is too raunchy, gross for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lowbrow comedy is much raunchier than the teen-friendly dance movies it's spoofing. There's lots of gross-out humor, including a character's head literally going up his butt, a fat man squashing a thinner man in a dance battle, and more. Sexuality includes references to teen pregnancy, penis size, baby daddies/mommas, and pole dancing; a couple also kisses and has off-camera sex. The violence is obviously fake and cartoonish; language ranges from "damn" to "s--t" but isn't extreme.

  • Families can talk about the movie's over-the-top, nonstop style of parody. Are all of the movie references funny, or does the sheer number lessen the comedic impact?
  • The movie casually mocks interracial relationships and teen pregnancy, but is either situation all that humorous?
  • Is this style of spoof still relevant?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Nothing is off limits for the movie's spoofy humor, and there are tons of stereotypes -- about everything from the kind of suits that black men wear ("Kool-Aid red" and "Djimon Hounsou black"), to how gay teens (and P.E. teachers) act, to the concept of baby daddies and baby mommas. Lots of potty/gross-out humor.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: This is a silly, spoofy comedy, and there aren't very many role models.On the one hand, the protagonist couple is interracial, which promotes diversity -- but on the other hand, they try to hidetheir relationship around others.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Fake violence is played for laughs, like when the protagonist's mother is killed in a prolonged, jokey car-accident sequence or when someone is squashed by an obese man during a dance-off. A popular nightspot is called "Club Violence," and patrons frequently wave their guns. A character is killed doing a ridiculous acrobatic dance move.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Lots of jokes about penis size, interracial dating, condoms, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, "baby daddies," and "vaginocology." A teacher named "Ms. Cameltoe" sports an obvious camel toe. In terms of actual sex scenes, there aren't any, but one couple kisses on a few occasions and admits to having (off-camera) sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Includes "s--t," "dick," and "ass," as well as milder statements like "what the hell," "oh my God," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Non-stop references to other movies.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink (at nightclubs), and in one scene a father orders a drink for his baby and then gives it to him with a straw (off camera).

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