Movies are not usually known for their dance sequences, but every now and then we are surprised with a cast ensemble of music and dancing-in a movie that has nothing to do with dancing. Although the unexpected dance sequence is still a rarity in movies, there are a few recent films that have incorporated the full cast ensemble of music and dancing.
‘Clerks 2’ proved to a sequel that was well worth the wait. Kevin Smith delivered yet another movie filled with laughs and gross humor-but what else are you expecting from Kevin Smith? During the film, Becky (Rosario Dawson) is attempting to show Dante (Brian O’Halloran) how to dance. While the whole cast is shown dancing to the song “ABC 123” by The Jackson 5 in different improvised scenes, towards the end of the song is when the dance is choreographed with a full ensemble. Complete with thugs, rockers, nerds, a postman, and even a nun, the group dances in unison until Becky drops a bomb on Dante, and Dante drops her-literally.
The award winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ had it all, great acting to a great script with an even greater ending; in short the movie was just great. Bollywood movies are known for their traditional singing and dancing within the films, or what we would call a musical. The only dance sequence in the movie takes place while credits are rolling at the end, diverting from traditional Bollywood movies. After watching this film they leave you with a nice traditional Bollywood dance. The dancing contains a large ensemble with the two main characters, Jamal (Dev Patel) and Latika (Freida Pinto) leading the group front and center.
Then there is the cute story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl and boy-well let’s just say ‘(500) Days of Summer’ is a great yet realistic look at life and love. During this movie, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finally gets the girl of his dreams, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Following his morning-after feeling when he walks out of his apartment the following day, he has an extra pep in his step that leaves him with no other way to express his happiness, but to dance.
This dance sequence even inspired one young man to recruit the help of some friends in recreating the scene at a local El Paso, Texas mall while his girlfriend watched. Complete with attire similarly worn by the character Tom in the movie, Rick Garcia threw caution and even public embarrassment to the wind as he and friends danced to Hall and Oats. Everything was staged so he could propose to his unsuspecting girlfriend, Steph Williams. Now that’s what we call a happy ending.