dir. Alan Metter (Back to School, 1986)
Sarah Jessica Parker (The First Wives Club, 1996)
Helen Hunt (Pay it Forward, 2000)
Shannen Doherty (Heathers, 1988)
Here's an asinine, formulaic movie about the 1980s. It's not quite bad enough to be good, but it's close. Frustratingly, infuriatingly close.
Skip the obvious riff on SJP - she's only a teenager here, gang, and cute in a whiny sort of way.
The plot is that the new girl in town (SJP) befriends the fun-loving class clown (Helen Hunt, or as I like to say, poor-man's Kathleen Turner) The pair then decides to enter a dance competition for the grand prize of winning a spot on DanceTV - which is like the big TV show everyone's into. But the dad is a retired military guy and he's really strict and doesn't think SJP should be competing in a dance contest so she's gotta practice on the sly. There's an obnoxious rich girl who's also trying to win the contest, who hates SJP for no obvious reason than to be antagonistic. And the love interest is SJP's dance partner, who is from public school (gasps!)
Lots of: leotards, lasers, backflips, montages
Not so many: People of color, actual dancing, plot twists