Friday, July 13, 2012

Freak Dance

If there is one thing you can count on in Hollywood it’s that once a movie – or movie genre –becomes a success there will be a spoof movie made about it, be it westerns (Blazing Saddles), horror movies (Scary Movie) or action movies (Hot Shots). Some of the spoofs are good – some are even better than the movies they are spoofing – and some of them should never have been made in the first place. Freak Dance, from the creative minds of the Upright Citizens Brigade, falls somewhere in the middle of the two extremes, but considering the genre it’s spoofing – primarily the Step Up dance movies – it’s enough that it’s funny. Dumb, but very funny. The story , not that it matters, involves a street dance gang trying to raise $3023 to save their dance space. They do it by entering an underground dance off where they will have to perform the dangerously sexy ‘freak dance’ to win. Oddly enough, the dancing in the movie isn’t too bad, and the music is catchy enough to make you think about getting the soundtrack. Hats off to the cast, too, for taking being so silly so very seriously.

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