Glen Wilson
Owen Gleiberman
May 22, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dance Flick

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
05/22/09
performer
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Essence Atkins, Shoshanna Bush
director
Damien Wayans
author
Craig Wayans, Damien Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

In this enjoyably dirty-minded sendup of when-ballet-met-hip-hop youth musicals, the Wayans brothers hand the directorial reigns over to their nephew, Damien Dante Wayans, who piles on the stupid/smart gags with just the right what-the-hell abandon. The film riffs on Save the Last Dance, Hairspray, and High School Musical 3, but what’s funniest is its dissection of message-movie piety. In Dance Flick, racial and sexual differences aren’t transcended — they’re super-sized. As a rotund hoodlum, David Alan Grier does the ultimate break dance from hell. B

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