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Dance Flick is a 2009 American musical comedy directed by Damien Dante Wayans starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Shoshana Bush that parodies various dance movies like Step Up and Save the Last Dance.

The film also stars Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Amy Sedaris, Chelsea Makela, George Gore II, and Sufe Bradshaw.

It was released on May 22, 2009.

Tropes for the film:

  • Acrofatic: Sugar Bear is morbidly obese but can still bust more than a few moves on the dance floor. He actually ends up leaving gigantic craters in the floor!
  • Adipose Rex: Sugar Bear is a gang lord who is so huge he looks taller lying back in a recliner than he does standing.
  • Big Damn Heroes: No pun intended, but Sugar Bear saves the day when he arrives to help out in the final battle with his dancing.
  • Exact Words: A character comes over to his baby's mother's apartment to pick up his son. He does pick the son up...only for him to drop him back in his seat. At the end, he says he's finished "picking him up".
  • Fat and Proud: Sugar Bear is proud of his obesity and gluttony and lets everyone know it during his musical number. He claims he turned down The Biggest Loser, refuses to look similar to Nichole Richie, decries the idea of working out, and professes his desire for mountains of food and for people to feed him nonstop. He also doesn’t tolerate insults to his weight, as when he’s called “fat boy” by the Big Bad, he begins taking the dance battle more seriously.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Downplayed; while most of Sugar Bear’s comedy stems from his gigantic size and gluttony, he does prove his worth when he helps out in the final dance battle.
  • Gasshole: Nora challenges several boys to the task of lifting her up. None manage the feat until the school's janitor tries it, but Nora loudly farts three times as she is lifted.
  • "I Am" Song: "You're Gonna Feed Me" is one for Sugar Bear as he sings about his Fat and Proud lifestyle.
  • Large Ham: David Alan Grier holds nothing back as Sugar Bear, giving Jennifer Hudson a run for her money in his performance of "You’re Gonna Feed Me".
  • Mock Surprise Reaction: A white ballet dancer falls in love with a black hip-hop dancer. As they're in the park, and about to have an intimate moment.
    Thomas: Uh oh, black girls. [loudly] So you want to do is make that left, go up three blocks - I don't know you.
  • Translation Matchmaking: The film was released in France as Dance Movie.
  • Visual Pun: At the end of Sugar Bear’s bombastic song, the camera pans to a Large Ham on a platter.