Raz­zle Dazzle

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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

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