Dance Party USA
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Dance Party USA
An apathetic seventeen-year old shares a dark secret that causes his aimless new friend to immediately sever ties in director Aaron Katz's talky teen drama. Gus spends most of his time relating self-indulgent tales of sexual conquests and drug fueled frenzies to his best friend Bill. Jessica seems to be drifting away from most of her friends, and lately things have gotten so bad that she isn't even speaking with her one-time best-friend Christie. Every Fourth of July all the kids gather at Brian's house to drink free beer and watch the fireworks. This year, Gus meets Jessica at the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A pair of disaffected 17-year-olds are nudged toward adulthood in a movie that favors natural drift over artificial drama."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Dance Party, USA is part of a new direction for independent film: homemade movies that feel more personal than communitarian and, as a result, seem less moralizing and dogmatic than the familiar, tired Sundance model."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Challenging, gritty, and true."
‑ Darcie Stevens, Austin Chronicle
"Given the obvious financial restraints (the total budget was $3,000), maybe Dance Party should have been a dynamite short."
‑ Jordan Harper, Village Voice
"Dramatically simple but emotionally complex."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"captures with apparent effortlessness the tongue-tied self-consciousness and dreamy disorientation that growing up entails."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"A film of easy set ups and resolutions, Dance Party, USA is best when observing how crisis is metabolized."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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