Few genres are as ripe for parody as the ‘I’m gonna dance my way out of the ghetto’ teen flick. Unfortunately, few comic talents have such a lamentably poor track record as the Wayans clan, creators of the vile Scary Movie series as well as White Chicks and Little Man.
To say that spoofing the dance genre brings out the best in the Wayans style of grotesque physical slapstick is the kindest possible comment on Dance Flick, a spoof on a par with such molten excrement as Date Movie or Meet The Spartans. Director Damien Dante Wayans’ film features Shoshana Bush as Megan, a failed ballet-dancer who teams up with an arrogant street-dancer (Damon Wayans Jr) to compete in a street-dance battle in the mould of those featured in Step Up 2: The Streets, Save The Last Dance or Honey.
Dance Flick does manage a couple of passable set pieces, one a parody of Fame called ‘I’m Gonna Be Gay Forever’, the other a ballet which reminds Megan of her mother’s death in a car accident, poignantly entitled ‘Your Momma Died in A Car Crash’. Otherwise it’s fart, camel-toe, and assorted bad-taste non-gags all the way, reaching a mirthless nadir when a blind Ray Charles lookalike falls down a manhole.
General release from Fri 21 Aug.