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Dance Flick
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Directed By
Damien Wayans

Written By:
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Craig Wayans, Damien Wayans

Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Craig Wayans, Amy Sedaris, Essence Atkins, Chris Elliott, David Alan Grier, Ross Thomas, Page Kennedy, Tarah Paige, Lauren Bowles, Kristen De Luca, Affion Crockett, Heather McDonald, Ellia English, Nikki Giavasis, Howard Alonzo, Tyler Shamy, David Hill, Bryan Friday, Pamela Douglas, Terricka Hudson, Tiffany Collie, Jessica Martinez, Bertrand Roberson Jr., Daniel Bateman, Kelly Nienaltowski, Sufe Bradshaw, Misha Bugaev, Monica Sly, Maurice Andrews, Tuffy Questell, Dan Kelpine, Damon Wayans Jr., Brooke Bickford, Hymnson Chan, Chelsea Makela, Brennan Hillard, George Gore II, Andrew McFarlane, Shoshana Bush, Kaylee Dodson, Christina Murphy, Natalie Reid, Harley Graham, Brien Perry, Yves Lola St. Vil, Lauren Alayne Plagens, Hymnson Chan, Nikki B., Nay Nay Kirby, Kelly Dymon, Erin Jacob, Lakrishi Kindred

Dance Flick (2009)
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Movie Review by Zara
June 5th, 2009

I didn't intend to watch this movie in the theater. I would have been fine watching it on DVD instead, being that I've been disappointed by anything of the parody or spoof variety these days. But there's something special about the Wayans clan, whether the more well known nuclei like Keenen, Marlon, Shawn or the extension of the family which is where this movie comes from. This is directed, written and acted in by mainly the extended Wayans, cousins, other siblings, those whom I didn't grow up watching on "In Living Color."

The thing about the Wayans is that while sometimes they can be hit or miss with their comedy, there's a magic and a very well honed understanding of society that goes along with it. This isn't a ____ MOVIE. This is a Wayans movie where there are sharp stabs at problems with society while mocking the dance movies which have been made in a glut over the last few years. Because the movie decides to focus on more than just making fun directly of certain people or movie scenes, including the forced jokes that stem from SAVE THE LAST DANCE about mixed racial relationships as well as the concept of teen pregnancy, the joke of how involved the officials in the school system really are and the concept that any young person would act anything like they do in the movies that they're mocking. They're not just making fun of the characters. They're making fun of the concepts.

I giggled in particular at the very good joke about TWILIGHT that I wasn't expecting to be in this movie. In fact, the things that you don't expect are those that are the funniest, including Affion Crockett, the actor who turns in the best performance as "A-Con." Probably the best named parody with the truest understatement that any of these spoof movies could come up with. The fact that the Wayans understand that if there are going to be good roles for black actors to utilize is only going to happen if LITERALLY the Wayans' Clan comes up with them is beyond the level of smart that this movie ultimately is. These are people who make good comedy even when it's mediocre comedy because underneath it all, they've made it their own. I really like that.

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