Case Number 18608


Lionsgate // 2009 // 74 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Katie Herrell (Retired) // March 27th, 2010

The Charge

Step on stage. Get fit with Fame!

The Case

Clear the rec room! It's time to dance!*

The Fame Dance Workout includes three dances from the new version of this classic film. Lessons, or "workouts," include a modern dance, a speedy African Dance, and an acrobatic jazz dance. Led by the characters/dancers in the film, the 15-20 minute sections are basically rehearsals for dummies.

One dancer leads a group of his/her "friends," plus you, the audience, through step-by-step instructions of each dance. They break the dances into multiple sections and gradually put every section to faster and faster music until the entire dance is being performed in a version of real-time.

The final 15-minute section features a group of dancers performing all three dances in a row, set to a "new remix of the hit song, FAME!" You're invited to dance along...if you can keep up.

Judging by the terminally "Long Wait" on my Netflix queue for a copy of the new movie Fame, slumber parties everywhere are reveling in the new Fame/Glee landscape. But for the uncoordinated and unrhythmic set, the Fame Dance Workout is just a reinforcement of everything you already knew, which in the dance world is a lot. While the dance instructors do their best to go through every move slowly, they do throw in a lot of terms non-dancers won't know, and, ultimately, while you are sweating you might also be flailing uncontrollably like I was.

I was hoping my embarrassment would be tempered by inspiring scenes from the movie, or stunning music and on-location dance-offs. Instead, most of the music is provided by a drummer in the corner and we never leave the dance studio...even for clips of the movie.

The Verdict

*But you should be under 18, on a diet of Red Bull, and -- at the very least -- have taken some beginner ballet or jazz classes.

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Scales of Justice
Video: 90
Audio: 90
Extras: 0
Acting: 90
Story: 90
Judgment: 85

Perp Profile
Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* None

Running Time: 74 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

* None