October 17, 2006

Sarah: "Life Doesn't Hold Tryouts."

Despite our embarrassingly well documented love for bad movies, I can't help but express why last night was so very awesome. Mallory and I sat on my couch for a couple hours, playing on the internet and watching Center Stage. This movie was cheesier than either of us remembered, but I still loved it. Or rather, I did when I wasn't yelling at the tv screen "HE WAS NEVER. YOUR BOYFRIEND. HE USED YOU." and "EAT THE PIZZA, ANOREXIC GIRL" and similar. Why do I love this movie? I'm so glad you asked. Although other dancing movies feature one or two of several character types, Center Stage includes all of them. It is the movie that embraces all cliches equally. And that? Is my kind of movie. Behold, the characters:

  • The girl that loves to dance (see Girls Just Want To Have Fun) but lacks the technical ability (see Take the Lead.

  • The guy that is so wrong for you and, of course, the friend that is so right (see Clueless and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton).

  • The girl with the ability, but not the love of dancing.

  • The girl with the ability and the love, but with the bad attitude (see Stick It. See also Save the Last Dance or Raise Your Voice for the following variation: girl has the ability and love, but a traumatic life experience causes her to question her love and ability)

  • The person or group that must recognize that their twist on classical training and/or taking chances may not be initially accepted by critics, but it makes them better than the competition (see Take the Lead, Step Up, and Strictly Ballroom).

  • Falling in love with your dance partner (see every dancing movie ever made)

  • The girl who develops an eating disorder because of the pressures of school, society, and/or parents (see countless after school specials)
  • I'm sure there are more examples, but you get the idea. This movie is all kinds of shameful awesome.

    Posted by sarah at October 17, 2006 02:04 PM

    The girl who loves to dance but lacks the technical ability is also featured in Take the Lead.

    Posted by: lisa on October 17, 2006 02:23 PM

    Now my comment is moot. BLBLBLBLBLP!

    Posted by: lisa on October 17, 2006 03:29 PM

    Hi Sarah! I still think you should check out Saturday Night Fever! The hair doesn't move!

    Posted by: Troy on October 18, 2006 12:43 AM

    So i actually was watched Take the lead a couple of days ago . . .

    Posted by: Young Jeffrey on October 18, 2006 12:21 PM

    Troy, welcome to the comments of Two Loose Teeth.

    Posted by: sarah on October 18, 2006 01:21 PM

    sarah. i have ALWAYS loved that movie - which made some of my roommates dislike me.
    also, the soundtrack makes for a great workout mix :)

    Posted by: nicole on October 18, 2006 02:09 PM
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