Leave it on the Floor (2013)
Been looking all your life for a sizzling mash-up of Paris Is Burning, Rent and Dreamgirls? Leave It On the Floor is that and more, a supersized musical featuring a family of fierce voguing performers coming together to snatch a trophy in the big ballroom competition. When our hero Brad is kicked out of his house for being gay, he finds himself drawn into a raucous ballroom event. Looking for a warm place to sleep-and someone to sleep with?-Brad meets the ragtag members of the struggling House of Eminence. As he searches for his place in this family of fascinating characters, he gets schooled in how to express himself with spins, dips, and hands. When he decides to join the house and compete with his new family, everyone comes together to help him learn. That is, until a love triangle threatens to destroy all that they've built together. Director Sheldon Larry deftly interweaves original songs throughout. "Justin's Gonna Call" and the title track "Leave It On the Floor" are sure to make it onto your playlist, and they're all equally matched by the signature moves of Frank Gatson, Jr., one of pop music's most sought-after choreographers (Michael Jackson, Destiny's Child, and does anyone remember an obscure song and dance called "Single Ladies"?). Pulsing with energy, joy, and some of the catchiest and queerest dance songs ever, Leave It On the Floor will keep you coming back for more. - CINDY M. EMCH … More
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Critic Reviews for Leave it on the Floor
Practically defines the words 'niche appeal', but should take the very specific group it's actually aimed at by storm.
Gays, transvestites and transsexuals, mostly black, strut their stuff in an uninhibited fashion as they compete on catwalks and dancefloors before panels of judges.
The songs (including a saucy ode to Justin Timberlake) are fresh and witty.
A bewildering exploitation flick that will probably end up with a dedicated cult following.
It is cheap, cheerful and so keen-to-please you want to adopt it as if it were an orphaned dog. It rolls out its tongue like a red carpet.
What the film lacks in subtlety and finesse it makes up with sparky characters and meaty songs.
Clearly not aimed at a mass audience, who, even if they're open to gay issues, may be turned off by on-the-cheap production values and self-conscious "acting" by principals.
The standout film for me at both the (2011) L.A. Film Festival and Outfest. Spectacular and joyous.
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