DVD Review “Freak Dance”

Directed by: Matt Besser, Neil Mahoney
Starring: Michael Cassady, Megan Heyn, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Amy Poehler
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed by: Image Entertainment
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Running Time: 97 minutes

Film: 1 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

I am big fan of Comedy Central TV series “Upright Citizens Brigade”, it was the best sketch show since MTV’s “The State”. This film though is completely un-watchable and extremely painful. I know this film originated on the stage and I have a feeling that it should have stayed on the stage. I give credit to the film’s choreography as it is decent.  The music though, feels like high school theater quality and is so ridiculously over-the-top. I really didn’t dig it at all, not one song.

The film follows, rich girl, Cocolonia (Megan Heyn) who hits the streets to join a dance crew and follow her dream of dancing.  In order to compete in a huge dance underground dance-off, she must team up with partner Funky Bunch (Cassady), she has to prove she has what it takes. Notable supporting cast is not even able to help this film succeed, like Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Horatio Sanz and Tim Meadows. Though for a film that runs only 97 minutes, it feels well over 2.5 hours.

The special features are nothing special and forgettable. There is a commentary with writer/co-director, Matt Besser and co-director, Neil Mahoney, which is quite lame. There are a two deleted scenes and one extended scene, but I thought the film was long enough. “The Dangers of Freak Dancing” is a multi-part featurette on the dance choreography in the film and the effects of its moves.  It is just as stupid as the film is and worth skipping. Lastly there is a trailer included.

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