The cutthroat world of pre-teen dance competitions in Australia is the subject of this daring exposé, tracing two troupes as they vie for the national title in the Sanosafe Troupe Spectacular. One troupe is guided by Miss Elizabeth, who reminds her young charges that eating is bad for you and any praise you receive is likely unearned, because you can never be good enough. Mr. Jonathon, on the other hand, tries to involve his students in works of "ripped from the headlines" social relevance, asking them, "How do you think you would move if you were enslaved by a multinational corporation?" When he finally settles on a piece about women's rights, he is troubled that the burqas are a bit drab: "There's no reason a piece about the oppression of women in Afghanistan can't have a little glamour!" You've never seen such flashy red and gold elegance in a head-to-toe body covering.
A thumbnail description would be to ask what would happen if Christopher Guest (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman) made a sequel to Little Miss Sunshine. Laugh-out-loud funny, definitely a MUST SEE.
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance, dir. Darren Ashton, Australia 2007, 95 min. video
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