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Razzle Dazzle (2007)

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (original title)
A man wants to make a difference in the world of dance.

Director:

Darren Ashton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Miller ... Mr. Jonathon
Kerry Armstrong ... Justine Morgan
Shayni Notelovitz Shayni Notelovitz ... Tenille Morgan
Denise Roberts ... Barbara
Sheridan Rynne Sheridan Rynne ... Vanessa Deruvo
Kerry-Ann Thoo Kerry-Ann Thoo ... Millie Simpson
Anastasia Bertinshaw ... Katie Jasper (as Anastasia Dolan)
Lauren Elton Lauren Elton ... Leanne Finlay
Taylor Anthony Taylor Anthony ... Madison Thompson
Veronica Koprivnjak Veronica Koprivnjak ... Lorraine Horn
Becky Mamo Becky Mamo ... Emma Irwin
Samantha Hagen Samantha Hagen ... Courtney Matterson
Shayarne Matheson Shayarne Matheson ... Olivia Ashton
Ivy Negre Ivy Negre ... Danielle Clark
Caitlin Rawnsley Caitlin Rawnsley ... Jenny
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A man wants to make a difference in the world of dance.

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Plot Keywords:

dance | sexy suit | sexy dance | razzle | See All (4) »

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Who said saving the world can't be entertaining?

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic material and brief mild language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2007 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Razzle Dazzle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wild Eddie See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Episode #6.4 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Flashdance (What A Feeling)
Written by Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara
Produced by Nick Hartley and Steve Balbi for Green Dragon Productions
Performed by Natasha Stuart
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If you don't think this is funny, I will give you your freakin money back!
26 February 2010 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Yes. I, rooprect, am offering a money-back guarantee with this film. That's how confident I am that you'll think it's funny.

When I saw this for $4 in the Blockbuster used pile, the DVD cover wasn't very convincing nor were the reviews on the back which made it sound like an ABC afterschool special. I figured it would be a dud. But since I'd never seen an Australian film & I like Australian accents, I figured it would be a decent way to kill an hour & a half.

2 minutes into it, I LOL'd. A few minutes later I LMAO'd. And when they said that line about Brandon Lee, I actually ROFL'd. The gags kept coming, and at one point I thought to myself there's no way they could keep up the pace without becoming absurd. But somehow they managed to deliver laughs throughout AND also develop some very interesting characters and an engaging story with some super cool dance moves & super cute girls (not to mention 1 boy who's such an amazing dancer it'll make you want to try a backflip or two).

It's hard not to compare this film to "Spinal Tap", "Mighty Wind" and the other great mockumentaries by Christopher Guest because the format is very similar. But Razzle Dazzle is refreshing enough that you'll never think of it as a Guest ripoff, even though it fits right in. What makes it so refreshing? The extras.

Yes, the real stars of this film are the young, 11-13 year-old girls who play the dancers in this misfit dance troupe. They don't say a lot of lines, but whenever they're on camera their expressions & reactions are so hilarious you'll find yourself rewinding to watch them again in the background. In the "Making Of" featurette on the DVD, the director said he achieved this by not telling the girls the script beforehand, so their reactions are 100% genuine. There was also quite a bit of ad-libbing. The result is pure comedic perfection.

The adult actors were great themselves. Each person plays a caricature of reality but they do it so convincingly that you never stop to think you're being had. There's a loser, a spaz, a bitch, a clueless mom, and a weird goth chick in one of the funniest non-speaking roles I've seen. Really, everyone did a fantastic job. I think this is one of the greatest examples of deadpan humour I've seen in a long time.

I can't believe only 340 IMDb people have voted on this film to date. "Razzle Dazzle" definitely gets my vote for the best undiscovered gem in the last 10 years.


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