Dance Flick



Dumb spoof is too raunchy, gross for tweens.
  • Review Date: September 8, 2009
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing is off limits for the movie's spoofy humor, and there are tons of stereotypes -- about everything from the kind of suits that black men wear ("Kool-Aid red" and "Djimon Hounsou black"), to how gay teens (and P.E. teachers) act, to the concept of baby daddies and baby mommas. Lots of potty/gross-out humor.

Positive role models

This is a silly, spoofy comedy, and there aren't very many role models. On the one hand, the protagonist couple is interracial, which promotes diversity -- but on the other hand, they try to hide their relationship around others.


Fake violence is played for laughs, like when the protagonist's mother is killed in a prolonged, jokey car-accident sequence or when someone is squashed by an obese man during a dance-off. A popular nightspot is called "Club Violence," and patrons frequently wave their guns. A character is killed doing a ridiculous acrobatic dance move.


Lots of jokes about penis size, interracial dating, condoms, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, "baby daddies," and "vaginocology." A teacher named "Ms. Cameltoe" sports an obvious camel toe. In terms of actual sex scenes, there aren't any, but one couple kisses on a few occasions and admits to having (off-camera) sex.


Includes "s--t," "dick," and "ass," as well as milder statements like "what the hell," "oh my God," and "goddamn."


Non-stop references to other movies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink (at nightclubs), and in one scene a father orders a drink for his baby and then gives it to him with a straw (off camera).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lowbrow comedy is much raunchier than the teen-friendly dance movies it's spoofing. There's lots of gross-out humor, including a character's head literally going up his butt, a fat man squashing a thinner man in a dance battle, and more. Sexuality includes references to teen pregnancy, penis size, baby daddies/mommas, and pole dancing; a couple also kisses and has off-camera sex. The violence is obviously fake and cartoonish; language ranges from "damn" to "s--t" but isn't extreme.

What's the story?

DANCE FLICK -- like all of the spoof "flicks" before it -- weaves a loose plot around parodying dozens of dance-themed movies (Save the Last Dance, Step Up, Fame, Stomp the Yard, and many more). When aspiring ballet dancer Megan (Shoshanna Bush) loses her mother in a predictable car accident, she moves to Chicago and gives up her dream of attending Juilliard. She quickly hooks up with Thomas (Damon Wayans Jr.), a hip-hop dancer at her performing arts high school. He helps her get her groove back, and she helps save him from getting killed for losing a street dancing competition.

Is it any good?


Good for the Wayans family. The brothers (now in their 40s and 50s) have passed the teen-spoof mantle to the next generation, which includes actors Damon Jr., producer Craig, and director Damien Dante Wayans. The old guard still shows up in various roles, as do family friends/veteran comedians David Alan Grier (as a morbidly obese character that's part Fat Bastard, part Fat Albert) and Amy Sedaris (as an anatomically disproportioned dance teacher named Ms. Cameltoé).

While the raunch is subdued compared to the Scary Movie franchise that the elder Wayans launched, it's still gross enough to attract teens and repel older audiences. The comedy works best when it's kept simple -- poking fun at the politics of interracial relationships, teen musicals, or the stupidity of nightclub violence (the nightspot is literally called Club Violence). But the scatological stuff has been done so many times that it's just not that funny anymore. Let's hope the younger Wayans branch out beyond spoofs and try something less broad and predictable for their next project.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's over-the-top, nonstop style of parody. Are all of the movie references funny, or does the sheer number lessen the comedic impact? 

  • The movie casually mocks interracial relationships and teen pregnancy, but is either situation all that humorous?

  • Is this style of spoof still relevant?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 9, 2009
DVD release date:October 6, 2009
Cast:Craig Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr., Shoshanna Bush
Director:Damien Dante Wayans
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content throughout, and language

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Kid, 12 years old December 4, 2011

Appropriate Rating

THIS MOVIE IS HILARIOUS! Some part I have to admit were a little vulgar(or allot) but the movie was funny because of the stupidity and overacting. This movie is and should be rated PG-13 because of the content. I would not recommended this movie to tween or kids under 14 or 15.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written by8Dcoolbeans8D October 18, 2009


it was kinda funny in a really stupid way. i just have to say something about the sexual behavior is inappropriate and the reasons why that are stated above. one of the reasons is interracial dating. now excuse me for having an oppinion but how stupid is that??? that is NOTHING wrong let alone sexually inappropriate about interracial dating. it happens people can date whoever they choose (as long as their parents approve of them if they are under 18) there is a lot of inappropriate stuff in this movie but that is definatley not one of them. and FYI if you think that it is inappropriate for your children to see interracial dating on movies then you really need to re-think a few things because it is the 21st century for goodness sakes and it happens.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag April 22, 2012

Silly spoof movie is not original but funny. Some sex and violence jokes.

"Dance Flick" is a parody of the movie "Save the Last Dance" by the Wayans family. Like nowaday's other spoof movies such as "Vampires Suck" or "Epic Movie", this movie is nowhere meant to be original. It is just meant to entertain the viewers and so it does. There is one hilarious scene involving a stage musical, and a funny parody of the song "Fame". Well yes, there are better comedies, but there are also worse. This is a movie you can watch, if you want to laugh out loud, but it is nowhere a must-see. The movie itself has some sex jokes, just as a woman with huge privates (we later see her beatboxing with it - all this is covered). She makes a reference of "having a huge c**t" but then continues "...ry music collection". Otherwise, the language is average mild PG-13 language. Several characters point with guns and so on. In a film-in-film sequence a man hacks off his leg (obviously fake, some tissue is seen - Note this is a film-in-film). Like with the movie "Save the Last Dance", the main spoof, there is the question if a relationship between black and white people is okay - however this movie makes fun of it. The jokes don't seem too offensive, since nearly everyone involved is colored. After all, this is suitable for viewers 12 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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