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As a sequel, I can see why most viewers are disappointed. SNF was a coming of age story which could tap into an emotional core most people could appreciate whether they experienced it or not.
This is a different film.
Tony is a man on the cusp of failing. He is so desperate to grasp for his dreams he's willing to surrender the things which are the foundation of his personality. Thankfully he recognizes the issue, and rectifies it.
It's possible that this film actually requires a zeitgeist where Dancing With the Stars/Strictly Ballroom exists as it relies heavily on clues within the may dance routines to develop the characters and their motivations.
Seeing John Travolta's stiff and constrained gyrations develop into (still somewhat stiff) free interpretation of the material is as eloquent an explanation of the characters journey as that portrayed through set-pieces which try to find a balance between acceptable and stilted.