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The World’s Worst Chick Flick Part 10: Dance Movies

February 22, 2011

If you were to read this blog and judge my taste in movies solely on its content, you’d probably think I have incredibly high standards and am nothing less than a complete snob. This is only true when faced with the task of believing that two incompatible and annoying people are supposed to be in love. Or when Nicholas Cage makes a movie.

However, there is one genre of film in which I have absolutely no qualms in accepting the implausible. The dance movie.

Show me a trailer that involves pop and lock or ballet or (hold onto your hats) both and I am sold. But the fact of the matter is that each of these movies is only a slight variation of the same (awesome) story. Rather than review each of my favorite dance movies individually, I’ve put a few of them on the official scale. I’ve also put together a list of five things every good dance movie has:

Fish out of water:
Whether it’s a kid from the suburbs living in the ghetto, or a kid from the projects going to a fancy-pants art school, the main character is out of their element. Some people don’t like them for this, while others take them under their wing. Either way, the fish out of water changes minds–and hearts–by the end of the movie.

Nonsupporting parent, guardian or friend:
At least one character has to deal with a nonsupporting adult or friend. They don’t understand why the dancer in their life has to feel the groove and shake what their momma gave them. By the end of the movie this person realizes that their child or friend is a beautiful butterfly waiting to spread its wings (or crunk its wings, depending on their preferred dance style).

Final dance scene:
This is where all the work pays off. This is also where I rewind the movie and re-watch the same scene 58 times.

The hater:
Every dance crew or school has the golden child dancer that is also a snob and hates everyone. There is also the instructor that doesn’t like or trust one of the dancers (usually the fish out of water). Much like the nonsupporting parent, the snobby instructor eventually learns to accept dance moves and students that are different.

The happy couple:
Some sort of love story is always present. Always. What better way to fall in love than to work toward a goal and dance like there’s no tomorrow? Even characters in Jane Austen novels often fall in love on the dance floor. BAM. I just made a parallel between classic literature and B-list dance movies.

Where did your favorite dance movie land on the scale and did I miss one? Did I forget anything on the list of things included in a dance movie?

Movie Scale Dance Movies

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2011 2:55 am

    Drumline: Take out “dance movie” and insert “marching band movie” and you’ve got Drumline. There aren’t a whole lot of marching band movies, so it kinda has to tag along under another genre. If you took Sean Astin out of Rudy and inserted Kanye, you’d have Drumline.

    I give it 4 out of 10. I’d give it lower, but Zoe Saldana’s hot and Orlando Jones, Mr. Make Seven Up Yours!, proved (as well as in Time Machine) that he could do a serious role. That’s one guy I miss seeing on the screen.

  2. February 23, 2011 2:43 pm

    “crunk their wings” almost made me spit out my water. I was also quite pleased with how well Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit fits into this list.

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