Even for a parody, “Freak Dance” has got the formula for a film all wrong.
Rather than saving the best material for last, the new comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade starts things off with a flashmob sequence set in a hospital – a scene that is so spectacular that one cannot help but acknowledge the rest of the movie’s mediocrity. In fact, the entire experience is on-par with the show-choir quality of a Six Flags theme park parade.
In “Freak Dance,” which is available beginning today on DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley, Megan Heyn plays a wealthy young woman who must escape her roots and learn to street dance with the help of a young man (Michael Daniel Cassady) who dreams of being the best dancer ever. Together, they set out to save their local community center from the building department and the evil gang banger dancers.
In other words, writer/director Matt Besser essentially envisioned this to be a spoof of any and every dance flick ever released. After all, the plots of such motion pictures are interchangeable. However, this is not the same time that this topic has been tackled. The aptly titled “Dance Flick” did a decent – albeit blatant – job back in 2009 while “The FP” went above and beyond just a few months ago.
Therefore, “Freak Dance” has some pretty big shoes to fill. And the first scene suggests that said shoes would be bursting at the seams. Unfortunately, it is all downhill from there as the subsequent dance sequences are ultimately unimpressive and the laughs are simply not there. As hard as Besser tried to prevent this from playing like a skit stretched out too long, that is precisely what happens here.
“Freak Dance” (NR – 97 minutes) is available beginning today on DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley.