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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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Anna Kavan
as Jessica
Ryan White
as Bill
Sarah Bing
as Christie
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Critic Reviews for Dance Party USA

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

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

November 15, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 14, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2008

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.

March 16, 2007

Dramatically simple but emotionally complex.

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
TV Guide

A film of easy set ups and resolutions, Dance Party, USA is best when observing how crisis is metabolized.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Slant Magazine

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
Luke Baldock

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