Dance Party USA
Dance Party USA (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A pair of disaffected 17-year-olds are nudged toward adulthood in a movie that favors natural drift over artificial drama.

Anton Bitel

captures with apparent effortlessness the tongue-tied self-consciousness and dreamy disorientation that growing up entails.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A film of easy set ups and resolutions, Dance Party, USA is best when observing how crisis is metabolized.

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Jordan Harper
Village Voice

Given the obvious financial restraints (the total budget was $3,000), maybe Dance Party should have been a dynamite short.

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Shawn Levy

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.

Darcie Stevens
Austin Chronicle

Challenging, gritty, and true.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . . first impressions can be misleading, and underneath the blatant misogyny and nasty talk lurks some genuine feeling.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Dramatically simple but emotionally complex.

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Luke Baldock
As part of the so called mumblecore movement, this film like Funny Ha Ha is improvised and goes for reality over entertainment, which isn't always a good… More