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Razzle Dazzle: a Journey into Dance

Razzle Dazzle: a Journey into Dance

Darren Ashton (2006)

87min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
As with the best mockumentaries, this Australian comedy induces almost as many cringes as it does guffaws. Chronicling the bitchy, egotistical and, at times, downright creepy world of kids' dance competitions, it centres on two dance academies - the reigning champs, run by snooty traditionalist Jane Hall, and the Jazzketeers, whose teacher (Ben Miller) is committed to changing the world through dance. Both are pretty appalling creations, although most of the movie's venom is saved for the pushy showbiz mums, in particular the monstrous Kerry Armstrong, who thinks nothing of taking her young daughter to a cosmetic surgeon to improve her chances on the stage. While director Darren Ashton doesn't bring anything particularly new to the genre, his direction is suitably deadpan and he is rewarded with superb performances from his leads.

Summary

The ambitious and experimental teacher of a pre-teen dance academy is determined to see his performers win the first-place trophy in a contest. However, he faces stiff competition from the leader of the reigning champions, an iron-willed traditionalist who is on a mission to weed out the lazy and untalented girls from her ranks. Comedy, starring Ben Miller and Kerry Armstrong.

Cast & Crew

Justine Kerry Armstrong
Mr Jonathon Ben Miller
Paulette Nadine Garner
Marianne Tara Morice
Barbara Denise Roberts
Miss Elizabeth Jane Hall
Sherry Leonard Toni Lamond
Donnie Destry Barry Crocker
Leonara Biviano Noeline Brown
Patrick Scott Irwin
Frank Robin Ince
Paul Mercurio Paul Mercurio
Leo Sayer Leo Sayer
Neil Damon Gameau
Director Darren Ashton
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Pictures Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 19 Oct 2007

Comedy

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