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Film / Dancin': It's On!

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Dancin' It's On is a 2015 romance movie directed and co-written by David Winters, starring Witney Carson and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance fame respectively.

Jennifer August (Carson) is sent to spend the summer at her estranged father's hotel where she meets and falls in love with dishwasher Ken (Wespi-Tschopp). Things don't go smoothly for the couple as they face opposition from Jen's father who sets her up with snobbish bellboy Danny (Matt Marr) and a dance competition right around the corner. Take this plot and season it with lots and lots of dancing, and you have this movie.

Compare From Justin to Kelly, High School Musical and Camp Rock.


Tropin': It's On:

  • Advertised Extra: The black girl on one of the movie's covers would be this if she's the same person as the extra in the competition.
  • Aerith and Bob: Jennifer, Ken, Danny and Shotsy.
  • Almighty Janitor: Danny is apparently a bellboy, yet he bullies fellow low-rung employee Ken, a dishwasher, telling him to "learn [his] place", and doesn't get in any trouble.
  • Angry Dance: As part of Ken's pissy attitude after angrily breaking up with Jen, he runs off, breaks into a bout of this and kicks a sunbed into the hotel pool in the process.
  • Ballet: Jen is seen doing this in the beginning, and as Chehon Wespi-Tschopp is a real-life ballerino, Ken does pirouettes in one of his dance scenes.
  • Big Fancy House: Jen and her mother live in one and even have butlers. The interior of the house looks more like something out of a gothic horror movie than a cheesy teen musical.
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  • Character Tics: The Captain's habit of executing random dance steps after or even during anything he says.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Jen's father will not have her dating a kid's who's a dishwasher in his hotel. He wants her to go out with the head bellboy instead.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Captain is only ever known as the Captain.
  • Flashmob: As Jen wanders around the city at night down in the dumps from her nasty breakup, she's greeted by a sudden crowd of street dancers. She joins them and instantly feels better.
  • Foodfight!: At one point on Ken and Jen's date, they visit an ice cream shop and start throwing ice cream at each other, prompting everyone in the shop to start hurling ice cream all over the place too.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Due to rampant poor ADR, dialogues often don't match the actors' lip movements.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: What exactly does Hal mean by "you can play baseball, you can play tennis, you can even play football, but you can't play dance"?
  • Informed Ability: Hal's dancing is treated as awe-inspiring by Ken and he becomes Ken and Shotsy's mentor, plus his actor David Winters was a respectable choreographer, but the dancing he shows on screen, which looks more like vague and indiscriminate limb flailing, says otherwise.
  • Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game: An alternate cover features alongside the named characters a black girl who is either this or Advertised Extra if she's the nameless, dialogueless dancer in the climactic competition.
  • Mating Dance: Some of the dance routines are suggestive, but one performance in the competition where the shirtless male dancer is put on a leash and acts like the female dancer's pet takes the cake.
  • The Mentor: Hal Sanders to Ken and Shotsy, and later to him and Jennifer after Shotsy pairs up with Danny.
  • Mysterious Stranger: The Captain is a walking enigma; nothing is clear about him, not even his name or his actual profession (he's supposedly the hotel doorman, but he also hosts the dance contest). He's only a Token Black Friend who mysteriously and annoyingly pops up at regular intervals to act "wise" and "supportive".
  • No Name Given: What the heck is the Captain's name?
  • Only One Name: Jennifer and Hal are the only full-named characters.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Hal lost his son in Iraq, because of which he swears off dancing.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: Jenny is a cheerleader, as shown in the movie's beginning.
  • Scenery Porn: The film makes a point of showing off Panama Beach's scenery and tourist attractions to the point of feeling like a tourism ad for the area at times.
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: The British receptionist who repeatedly quotes Shakespeare in his Incredibly Lame Puns.
    2B or not 2B, that is the question. Enjoy your stay.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: The film is nearly made of this, as characters constantly break into dance at the drop of a hat no matter the time and place.
  • Token Black Friend: The Captain doesn't contribute much to the story aside from popping up on occasion to offer advice and encouragement to the heroes.
  • Token Minority: The Captain, the only recurring character who's not white.
  • Unfortunate Name: Shotsy, seriously? Could be explained that it might be a nickname.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The Shakespeare-quoting receptionist once again makes the "wherefore art thou" blunder by uttering this line while flipping through the guestbook looking for a customer with the last name Romeo.
  • You Know What You Did: When Jen goes to tell Ken her father makes her go out with Danny, his reaction is to… get mad at her, as if she's cheating on him.

… but you can't play trope!