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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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Art House & International , Comedy , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2016

Intermittently amusing.

April 27, 2016
Screen International

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
Observer (UK)

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

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
Guardian

Audience Reviews for Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance

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This was such a fun movie. When it started I was afraid that it would only be a mockumentary about young girls that are pushed into beauty pageants and dance competitions by their mothers and quickly realized that the thrill of the competition was more important. The girls were great and the mothers were obnoxious. Mr. Jonathan might no have been a "normal" dance troupe leader but you had to cheer for him and his crazy girls and staff.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

If you liked best in show you might enjoy this film. off beat and quirky look at childrens/teen dance competitions. As usual in this type of thing its the parents and adults that are the truly bizarre ones. Fun movie in general but don't expect oscar awards winning performances.

Brent Mikel
Brent Mikel

Amusing Australian mockumentary, based on various competitive children's dance schools vying for the prestigious dance Grand Final. A little slow at times but it's entertaining.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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