Totally Awesome (2006)

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Chappelle's Show writer/producer/director Neal Brennan makes his feature directorial debut with this retro-minded comedy purported to have been produced in the 1980s but never released until 2006. As the Gunderson family sets out on a cross-country road trip to their new home, boyishly handsome Charlie (Mikey Day), blossoming dancer Lori (Dominique Swain), and highly intelligent Max (Trevor Heins) all have their own ideas of what life will be like in their new town. When Charlie is singled out as the least popular senior on the very first day of school, kindly outcast Billie (Nicki Clyne) amiably agrees to show him the ropes and provide him with an illuminating crash course in the clique system. Meanwhile, Lori is shocked to discover that dancing has been banned in her new town and the only place to cut loose is at the clandestine dance sessions held in the garage of current janitor and former dance instructor Gabriel (Chris Kattan). Immediately forbidden from attending the highly secretive shindigs, Lori stealthily sneaks out to be with the kindly Gabriel as her feelings for the dance instructor grow and the pair set into motion a clever plan to usher in a new era of dancing around town. When Charlie vows to win the heart of popular girl Kimberly (Brittany Daniel) by competing against her athletic boyfriend, Kipp (Joey Kern), in the upcoming school decathlon, lovelorn Billie quietly pines for the clueless newcomer from afar as he begins a rigorous training regiment with Japanese gardener Yamagashi (James Hong). As his family struggles to adjust to their new life, reclusive genius Max continues working on a highly advanced home computer that soon draws the attention of the CIA.
Rating: NR
Genre: Comedy , Television
Directed By: Neal Brennan
Written By: Michael Schur , Neal Brennan
In Theaters: wide
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Paramount Pictures

Cast

Mikey Day
as Charlie Gunderson
Dominique Swain
as Lori Gunderson
Trevor Heins
as Max Gunderson
Chris Kattan
as Gabriel
Tracy Morgan
as Darnell
James Hong
as Yamagashi
Greg Kean
as Mr. Gunderson
Kelly Dowdle
as Charlotte
John Beamish
as Stephen
Kimberley Warnat
as Kimberly's Friend No. 1
Richard de Klerk
as Werewolf/Nick
Casey Dubois
as Kid No. 2
Owen Walstrom
as Mr. Phillips
Mark Gibbon
as Coach Cutter
T.J. Riley
as Student No. 1
Mark J. Gibbon
as Coach Cutter
Tyler Johnston
as Student No. 2
Kimberly Warnat
as Kimberly's Friend #1
Adam Thomas Anderegg
as Kipp's Boy No. 1
Lisa Marie Caruk
as Kimberly's Friend No. 2
Marc Menard
as Kipp's Boy No. 2
James Purcell
as Kimberly's Dad
Michael Roberds
as Big Dirty Man
Connor Stanhope
as Little Boy at Funeral
Ian Duffy
as High-school Drug Dealer
Wanda Cannon
as Kimberly's Mom
Teryl Rothery
as Mrs. Gunderson
Kate McClafferty
as Emily Waters
Sam Clark
as Bryon
Paul Becker
as Cute Dance Boy
Jon Cryer
as Himself
Stephen Dimopoulos
as Principal Picker
Kurt Evans
as TV Announcer
Dean Paul Gibson
as Track Official
Josh Beamish
as Dancer #7
Andy Fosmark
as Dancer #8
P. Lynn Johnson
as Chaperone
David Lewis
as Agent Johnson
Zara Taylor
as Pretty Girl No. 1
Crystal Lowe
as Pretty Girl No. 2
Jonathan Ndukwe
as Darnell's Friend
Ben Stein
as The Narrator
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VH1 spoof awesome just for '80s teen film fans.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

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Full Review… | November 17, 2006
Bullz-Eye.com

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Full Review… | November 9, 2006
ComingSoon.net

It knows enough about its subject to come up with nifty joke ideas, but can't quite turn them into solid chuckle material.

Full Review… | November 4, 2006
DVDTalk.com

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