We were cautiously excited to hear today that Diplo has apparently signed on with 20th Century Fox Pictures to both exec-produce and star in a film about dance music—a sort of 8 Mile meets Project X for the raver set, it would seem. While we can’t offer much more than that info, we’ve gotta say that these types of films have a history of ending up kinda silly when they hit the big—or small—screen. In that spirit, we’ve assembled a series of the silliest dance-music movies out there.
A hilarious portrait of the east coast rave scene of the early ’90s, Vibrations stars Christina Applegate and James Marshall, the latter as a rock guitarist who loses his hands in a shitty prank only to run away from home and become a washed-up teenage alcoholic… only to then fall in with a rave-throwing cyberpunk crowd… only to then become a robotic stage performer called Cyberstorm. Will he get his revenge on his bullies? Will you care? Look for Utah Saints’ cameo when you watch the whole flick here.
Kevin & Perry Go Large
Admittedly, this one aims to be a comedy—heck, it was made by the producers of the Mr. Bean film—but it’s still terribly silly. Two UK teens thwart a bank robbery, and with their huge cash reward, plot to get laid and become superstars… in Ibiza… with their parents. You can watch the whole thing here, or just get the gist in about one minute of the trailer up top.
We’ve gotta admit: We haven’t actually seen Beat Girl. But doesn’t it look rad? Comes out in May.
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
To be honest, It’s All Gone Pete Tong is actually pretty funny—but still really silly. At the height of his drug-and-booze-addled Ibizan rise to fame, British DJ Frankie Wilde starts to lose his hearing—but despite the odds, he doesn’t lose his faithful following in this partial mockumentary/send-up of party culture. Pete Tong and Tiesto also briefly feature, and you can watch the whole thing here.
For whatever reason, the plot thrust of so many rave movies always seems to involve some total square (or just some dude totally not into electronic music) falling hard for electronic music. And that formula pushes along 2000’s Groove, along with the other club-flick tropes of outlaws searching for the perfect venue while outsmarting or outrunning the cops. Groove follows a pretty classic storyline, and it’s rife with choice lines like: “I’d like to buy a vowel.” “E, or A?” Also, keep an eye out for John Digweed’s appearance.