Movie review of “Dancin’ It’s On”: This film seems like a throwback to 1950s-style Disneyfied juvenile entertainment: bright colors, bright smiles, half-bright plotting. Rating: 1 star out of 4.
It’s tempting to say “Dancin’ It’s On” gives the impression it was conceived and written by sixth-graders. But that would be unfair … to sixth-graders. Kids that age are pretty sophisticated these days, what with all the stuff they see on TV and the Internet. And “sophistication” and “Dancin’ ” are two words that don’t really belong in the same sentence.
“Dancin’ ” seems like a throwback to 1950s-style Disneyfied juvenile entertainment: bright colors, bright smiles — So many teeth! Blinding in their whiteness! — half-bright plotting.
Boy meets girl. Their eyes lock. The world stops. It’s love!
Movie Review ★
‘Dancin’ It’s On,’ with Witney Carson, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Jordan Clark, Matt Marr. Directed by David Winters, from a screenplay by Winters and David A. Prior. 90 minutes. Rated PG for some suggestive material. Several theaters.
But there are complications. Or at least what pass for complications in something so simplistic. She (Witney Carson) — rich, blond and vapid — is the only daughter of a Florida hotel owner. He (Chehon Wespi-Tschopp) — poor with he’s-a-rebel tousled dark hair — is a lowly dishwasher in the father’s hotel.
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Uh-oh. “I will not have you dating a kid who’s a dishwasher in my hotel!,” daddy declares to his darling daughter.
Uh-oh. We have entered the cliché-speak zone. Older and wiser dance coach to the so-in-love birds as they prepare to show their stuff in a big dance-contest finale: “It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about dancing.”
What’s clear is that in this picture it’s not about acting. Every single member of the cast speaks — no, recites — lines as though seeing them for the first time on cue cards as the camera rolled.
The major players are all veterans of TV dance shows. Carson, for example, appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Yes, they can dance, with an abundance of hair-flinging. But no one who sees this will think anyone in “Dancin’ ” can act.