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Totally Awesome

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

VH1 spoof awesome just for '80s teen film fans.

Movie NR 2006 102 minutes
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Condense all '80s movies into an hour and a half, sprinkle in some really horrible dance moves, and you've got this enjoyable spoof by the channel that brought you I Love the '80s. If the plot sounds insane, it is. But it's not meant to be sane. It's meant to cram in as many references to '80s movies as possible. There are the Dirty Dancing dance practice scenes, with Kattan's perfect Patrick Swayze mullet. There's the fabulously snarky dance number a la Staying Alive (headbands and all). There's the best-friend-as-lover moments a la Some Kind of Wonderful, complete with fingerless knit gloves. And of course there are the big hair and pink leather skirt ensembles with shoulder pads (part of every '80s teen movie).

The true fabulousness of this film will probably be lost on younger generations, since they're unlikely to have the encyclopedic knowledge of the '80s celebrated in the I Love the '80s series of clip shows. There's a reason this movie originally aired on VH1 and not MTV. It's aimed at an older demographic.

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