A scene from Dance Flick.
With no less than three dance movies grooving their way to screens this month it's hard not to notice the rehash of story lines and stereotypes that comes with the genre. Dance Flick capitalizes on this to serve up a comedy parodying Step Up, You Got Served, and Flashdance. We decided to pay homage to a few classic dance scenes and while we're at it, entertain you with a couple of pointless numbers that made it to film.
Saturday Night Fever (1977) – This disco classic continues to be the number one highest grossing dance movie to date and who else is to blame than John Travolta? His smooth, captivating moves made every woman's heart skip a beat and every man wish he could glide across the floor in a white polyester suit as effortlessly.
Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction delivers another iconic dance scene with Uma Thurman and, again, the king of dance John Travolta. In the midst of this darkly funny thriller Thurman and Travolta participate in a dance competition at Jack Rabbit Slim's, a 1950s themed restaurant, inspiring audiences to do the twist.
Scent of a Woman (1992) and Chicago (2003) take the award for bringing sexy back with a tango. There hasn’t been another man in Hollywood who could play a blind guy who makes the tango seem so effortless, as Frank Slade (Al Pacino) pulls off a sweet and romantic tango routine with Donna (Gabrielle Anwar) in Woman.
Far from sweet is Chicago's steamy cell block tango with the six sexy murderesses of the Cook County Jail, who include Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta Jones and pop singer Mya, provocatively moving and twirling in skintight costumes.
Dirty Dancing (1987) – A classic love and dance tale that inspired many summer camp trips. The chemistry between Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Gray) in Dirty Dancing is one that hasn't been replicated since. As Johnny and Baby prepare for the legendary "Time of My Life" dance routine, the two engage in a romantic courtship—inviting audiences to fall in love with the dancing duo, too.
Watch it here:Dirty Dancing
Dance With Me (1998) – With pleasure. Take the hottest Latin singer at the time, Chayanne, add the sexy Vanessa Williams, and you get smoldering salsa cinema. With fast-paced, colorful, jump-out-of-your-seat dance scenes this movie showcased some of the best salsa Hollywood has seen. This scene features legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Ednita Nazario.
Now for the funny stuff:
Save the Last Dance (2001) – Save it? Why bother watching it? Julie Stiles (Sarah) and Derek Reynolds (Derek) play a duo that seems to be the clear inspiration behind Dance Flick. Filled with cheesy hip-hop inspired ballet moves this dance scene begs for forgiveness.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) – We still love Diego Luna, who costars with young actress Romola Garai, but this film remake of Dirty Dancing was cheesy and unnecessary. With too many raunchy dance scenes to choose from we decided on the film's finale, which cannot and should not be compared to the original Dirty Dancing, "Time of My Life" closing dance scene.
Watch it here:Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Shall We Dance (2004) – With Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere headlining this film, its mediocre success can be attributed to loyal fans--although this dance movie starring a hot Latina with junior acting skills opposite an aging leading man was hardly a must-see. The film's prominent tango dance scene with Gere and Lopez missed the mark.
She's All That (1999) – Ever been watching a romantic comedy and suddenly there's a totally unnecessary, awkward dance scene? She's All That delivers. As high school students attend their prom dance, a series of moronic dancers break up the dance floor and begin a jolty dance routine. Talk about uncalled for, or maybe not—according to IMDB the director used the dance scene as filler since the movie was too short.
You Got Served (2004) – What do you get when you let Kevin Federline make his first feature film debut and pull in a couple of ex-members of a hip-hop singing group B2k? A very pathetic dance movie. While the film was fairly popular among teens it features the same old step dance-battle routines.
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