Dance Party USA (2006)
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A pair of disaffected 17-year-olds are nudged toward adulthood in a movie that favors natural drift over artificial drama.
Given the obvious financial restraints (the total budget was $3,000), maybe Dance Party should have been a dynamite short.
. . . first impressions can be misleading, and underneath the blatant misogyny and nasty talk lurks some genuine feeling.
captures with apparent effortlessness the tongue-tied self-consciousness and dreamy disorientation that growing up entails.
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.
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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.
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