The Wayans' Dance Flick
The Wayans clan peaked with their 1988 blaxploitation parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Their 2000 hit, Scary Movie, a parody of, umm, scary movies, begat a series of even broader, lamer send-ups that the Wayans had nothing to do with (Epic Movie, Date Movie, Disaster Movie, et al.). Their new spoof of, umm, dance flicks almost seems laudable in comparison. Directed by next-gen newcomer Damien Dante Wayans and co-written with uncles Keenen Ivory, Shawn, Marlon, and cousin Craig, the movie merges the plot of Save the Last Danceformer ballerina and Juilliard hopeful, distraught by her mother's tragic car accident, discovers street dancing and interracial romance at an inner-city schoolwith boob, fart, and ghetto jokes. Shoshana Bush heads up a cast that includes Wayanses young and old (Damon Jr. as her love interest, his father as a loan shark in a fatsuit), but, comically and literally, Bush is a pale imitation of Anna Faris. The gags themselves only marginally work when they stick to silly non sequitur; the random movie references are forced and flat, and the take-offs of Dreamgirls and Fame songs would make "Weird Al" groan. Better than nothing, Amy Sedaris steals it as Ms. Cameltoe, a wicked teacher who beatboxes with her bulbous vagina. Yes, it's rated PG-13, except it's also inappropriate for anyone over 13.
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