Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007)

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The curious world of children's dance competitions is raked over the satiric coals in this comic mockumentary. Mr. Jonathan (Ben Miller) is a dance teacher and choreographer who is preparing a group of his current students to take part in the Sanosafe Troupe Spectacular, a major regional competition for pre-teen dancers. Mr. Jonathan has been frustrated in his effort to bring home a first-place trophy, in part due to his ambitious themes, as his young charges are forced to take part in his interpretive pieces on war, economic injustice, environmental issues and the like. Mr. Jonathan's strongest adversary is Miss Elizabeth (Jane Hall), who has a constant smile and a will of iron as she weeds the "fat, lazy and untalented" from her ranks. However, this year Mr. Jonathan is determined to defeat her, and Justine (Kerry Armstrong), an overeager stage mother who claims she almost passed the audition to become a Spice Girl, is more than willing to help, as long as her daughter Tenille (Shayni Notelovitz) is featured prominently in Jonathan's latest extravaganza. Mr. Jonathan suffers through Justine's "assistance" until Tenille loses her star billing to Grace (Clancy Ryan), a plucky youngster with more talent. Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance received its American premiere at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance

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The affection with which the breezy Australian mockumentary Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance tweaks the twinkle-toed denizens of the competitive dance scene makes it easy to like.

Apr 27, 2016 | Full Review…

A rare example of a mockumentary geared for family viewing, Aussie laffer Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance runs the world of children's dance competitions through the ringer and comes up with amusing results.

Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…

Razzle Dazzle is a warm hearted yet meaningful affair that sparkles with wit and charm -- and guarantees you'll leave the cinema with a large grin on your face.

Apr 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Intermittently amusing.

Apr 27, 2016

it's in the same class as the best movies by Christopher Guest's company. British comic Ben Miller is brilliant as pretentious choreographer Mr Jonathon.

Apr 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Like many mock-docs, it struggles to establish the patina of reality, but it makes up for it with some very funny jokes.

Apr 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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