Dance Party USA (2006)



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An apathetic seventeen-year old shares a dark secret that causes his aimless new friend to immediately sever ties in director Aaron Katz's talky teen drama. Gus spends most of his time relating self-indulgent tales of sexual conquests and drug fueled frenzies to his best friend Bill. Jessica seems to be drifting away from most of her friends, and lately things have gotten so bad that she isn't even speaking with her one-time best-friend Christie. Every Fourth of July all the kids gather at Brian's house to drink free beer and watch the fireworks. This year, Gus meets Jessica at the party and tries to pick her up. When she blows off his obvious come-on, Gus tells Jessica a secret that he has never revealed to even his closest of friends.


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Critic Reviews for Dance Party USA

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

A pair of disaffected 17-year-olds are nudged toward adulthood in a movie that favors natural drift over artificial drama.

Nov 15, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5

Given the obvious financial restraints (the total budget was $3,000), maybe Dance Party should have been a dynamite short.

Nov 14, 2006 | Full Review…

. . . first impressions can be misleading, and underneath the blatant misogyny and nasty talk lurks some genuine feeling.

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…

captures with apparent effortlessness the tongue-tied self-consciousness and dreamy disorientation that growing up entails.

Jul 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Dance Party, USA is part of a new direction for independent film: homemade movies that feel more personal than communitarian and, as a result, seem less moralizing and dogmatic than the familiar, tired Sundance model.

Mar 16, 2007 | Rating: A-

Dramatically simple but emotionally complex.

Nov 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dance Party USA

As part of the so called mumblecore movement, this film like Funny Ha Ha is improvised and goes for reality over entertainment, which isn't always a good thing. The characters are interesting enough, though often the conversations seem flat and uninspired. A reflection of life itself but not an interesting one. At 65 minutes it is short and very sweet with a touching ending. The acting is okay, having the awkward relationships means awkward performances are fully acceptable. I'm not a fan of the digital look here, looks too much like a home movie. A nice little film, with some dark themes.

Luke Baldock
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