Step up to be Served

Shoshana Bush and Chelsea Makela in Dance Flick (2009)

When you expect the worst even rubbish can seem quite good. That is the conclusion I came to after watching "Dance Flick" another spoof from the House of Wayans because frankly "Dance Flick" is just another dumb ass spoof movie yet unlike some other recent spoof movies it isn't terrible. In fact and I can't believe I am going to say this, it actually made me laugh with some occasional clever writing.

As the title suggests "Dance Flick" is basically a spoof of dance movies and mainly combines "You Got Served" with "Save the Last Dance" two dance movies I am familiar with which helps. It helps because then the spoofing of various scenes works better than if you had no previous knowledge such as when Thomas tries to teach Megan to dance street in the gym. It is not just these two movies it spoofs as it also draws on others such as "Fame" with the lyrics of one of the "Fame" songs amusingly changed.

Dance Flick (2009) starring Shoshana Bush, Damon Wayans Jr., Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, David Alan Grier

And that is where "Dance Flick" works because instead of making just dumb jokes about these other movies it tries to be a bit more clever. It is still predominantly a dumb ass movie but the change in lyrics and some imaginative spoofing lifts it from the usual wasteland spoof movies have become. Having said that for those who just want dumb fun it is full of dumb fun which did little for me but will entertain those who just like stupidity.

But here is the thing which makes "Dance Flick" really stand out from the recent spoof crowd, it has innuendo and juvenile humour but it is less crass. Yes there is a gag about camel toes and another about a drunk student being breathalysed cue blow job joke but it doesn't revel in trying to be gross. It makes a pleasant change and why unlike many of the more recent spoof movies "Dance Flick" isn't uncomfortable to watch.

What this all boils down to is that "Dance Flick" is surprisingly entertaining, probably because you watch it with low expectations but also because it does have some clever comedy going on rather than dumb jokes which try to be as crude as possible.

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