The FP

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  • Summary: In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP') in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E,In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP') in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his protégé younger brother JTRO goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again. One year later, The FP is in ruins, and JTRO must find the courage to return and restore order in a ruthless battle for revenge that can only leave one man dancing. (Drafthouse Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 15, 2012
    75
    Think of The FP as the occasion for a party. You need to find a room full of people who get the joke and see this movie there, because audiences will be laughing so hard they'll be screaming.
  2. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 15, 2012
    75
    The film is amped up to insanity in its language (both verbal and cinematic), in its ironic embrace of teen-salvation movie clichés, and in its depiction of a small town as a ghetto hell. But just when you think they've gone too far, the Trost brothers 1) go further and 2) wink.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Mar 14, 2012
    67
    Quite likely the most original dance film you'll see this year, The FP is awash in silliness that probably took ages to script, but the film's goofy heart and soul (yes, it has one) is what sticks with you in the end and makes this crazed film into a potential cult-movie masterpiece.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Mar 12, 2012
    50
    This unabashedly derivative, vaguely post-apocalyptic riff on well-worn '80s-movie tropes plays its boilerplate premise with endearing earnestness, but runs thin in no time.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Mar 15, 2012
    50
    The film has an effective synthesizer score by George Holdcroft. It also offers some funny bits (a hokey prechampionship workout montage, a ridiculous gunfight), but not enough. And for such a film, its bargain-basement production values and lack of wit unexpectedly prove a greater liability than an asset.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Mar 13, 2012
    40
    Infinitely better as a beer-goggled pitch than as a feature film, The FP never gets beyond the studied novelty of its own pose.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 16, 2012
    20
    The FP so desperately wants to be cultishly admired for its bad-taste rollout of wacko characters, ugly costumes and vulgar slang that it forgets to be genuinely offbeat or funny.

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  1. Aug 31, 2013
    10
    Arguably one of the most polarizing movies in the past 5yrs.. The Trost bros. Show off the fact the a big budget is the last thing a goodArguably one of the most polarizing movies in the past 5yrs.. The Trost bros. Show off the fact the a big budget is the last thing a good movie needs, one of the most solid movies I've ever seen, cinematography that understands how to work HD to it's advantage and not just that but cinematography that knows how make something look cinematic. The soundtrack is appropriate and fantastic. The feel and theme remains constant and fun throughout. An an original that borrows from the greatest and not so greatest of the 80's. Dance Dance Revolution replacing the Thunderdome. Infinitely rewatchable and quotable. Expand

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