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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Step Up

As promised, last weekend I saw Step Up with my friends Spellbound and She Who Is Too Cool To Have A Blog Identity (Switcthabi for short). Sadly, of the three of us, I was the least enthused as we discovered while doing a post mortem over several pitchers of sangria. (Which I think was our biggest mistake, clearly the sangria should have come BEFORE the movie.) My less than completely enthusiastic response to the movie led to another debate. Judged on either the dancing or the acting/story, which modern (meaning last ten years or so) dance movies lead the pack?

On the table were, of course, Step Up, Center Stage, You Got Served, Honey, The Company, Save the Last Dance, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. While each of us had our own favorites (Switcthabi really pushed for Step Up and Spellbound has a crazy fondness for Honey. My own favorite is Havana Nights. Sue us. We've never claimed to have perfect taste.) We eventually came to a concensus. For pure enjoyment of the dancing, we're saying pony up for Step Up. If you actually want decent acting and characterization the only one really on the radar is Save the Last Dance. Thoughts? Debates?



Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

The only I've seen is Save the Last Dance. What's wrong with me?

8/15/2006 2:04 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I haven't seen any. I really should rent Save the Last Dance, though. And as a Neve Campbell fan (I know) I want to watch The Company as well. Do I suck?

8/15/2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger Julie McCoy said...

It shouldn't surprise you to know that I have seen them all. And while none of this decade's dance movies can hold a candle to A Chorus Line (even considering Cassie's asymmetrical haircut), I really enjoyed You Got Served (choreographed by the masterful Shane Sparks from SYTYCD). It should be noted that I only watch the dancing in these movies and I never judge any of them by the plot. In fact, my problem with Step Up, the latest dance movie, was that there was too much plot and not enough dancing.

8/15/2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Laura Holt said...

Julie's complaint was echoed by everyone at my viewing of Step Up as well. Generally, I would say that holds true of all dance movies: too much bad acting, not enough dancing.

And Red and Bailey, I'm ashamed of you! I have to admit I haven't seen all of them either. I missed both The Company and You Got Served.

8/15/2006 7:44 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I love A Chorus Line. Not in small part because it features Janet Jones, of American Anthem fame and, more recently, of I-married-the-most-famous-hockey-player-in-the-world-and-am-implicated-in-a-gambling-ring fame. She's great!

8/16/2006 6:18 PM  
Blogger Julie McCoy said...

I could post endlessly on A Chorus Line. It's my favorite movie of all time.

More to the point, I always wanted Zach to pick Judy Monroe (a.k.a. Janet Jones) over Cassie (really, who has an asymmetrical haircut?) It was so unfair that she got bumped just because Zach and Cassie had a thing.

8/16/2006 10:23 PM  

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