ONE of the more disheartening characters in the seemingly omnipresent quest for celebrity, aside from the reality television boffins who continually pervade our screens, is the overbearing stage parent. Mock documentary Razzle Dazzle casts its eye over competitive children’s dance and the parents and teachers who push young boys and girls to win at all costs. Kerry Armstrong plays Justine, a woman who epitomises the worst, clinging to ‘‘ could have been a Spice Girl’’ dreams while pushing her daughter Tenille ( Shayni Notelovitz) to painful extremes. Tenille attends Mr Jonathon’s Dance Company, Mr Jonathon being an eccentric choreographer ( Ben Miller) whose routines for his young proteges include themes of slave labour, animal testing laboratories and the plight of Afghan women. Armstrong is great as the overbearing Justine, Denise Roberts amusingly terrifying as Barbara, a foster mother who returns any children not seen to be talented enough, and in keeping with one of the many films Razzle references, Tara Morice reunites with her former Strictly Ballroom partner Paul Mercurio. The star of the show, however, has to be Miller, whose dry delivery is impeccable and who shines with a string of cracking one- liners. With the dialogue and cast that it has, Razzle Dazzle feels as if it could have been stronger. Still, it’s a fun film, well worth a look for Armstrong’s performance, Miller’s fabulous Mr Jonathon, and the final dance routine by the young Jazzketeers.
Sharon Fowler EXTRAS: Deleted scenes; audition footage; featurette; audio commentary
( PG) Sony Pictures ( feature runs 95 minutes) $ 39.95