Melody is an exotic dancer who is used to saying what she thinks and doing what she wants - no holds barred. With the mouth of a street hustling trucker and a love for being intoxicated, it's only a matter of time before she gets herself in trouble. Right? That time comes after a meet and greet with her boyfriend's parents, at which time, as expected, Melody gets drunk and makes a complete ass of herself. To be fair, however, drunken Melody is not all that different than sober Melody in terms of vocabulary - but no matter how you slice it, her boyfriend's parents are not impressed. Making matters worse? She gets arrested for impaired driving and ends up in jail—what a night.
It's shortly after that Melody meets her probation officer as she continues to fend off her now ex-boyfriend, who throughout the film becomes a stalker-type with a huge obsession over his mother. Melody is ordered to instruct a youth dance class as part of her probation - and she reluctantly agrees. I must admit that most of the comedy in this film comes from her interactions with the youth. When a yearly dance competition is introduced within the film, Melody gets her shot to pick these kids up and herself along with them. However, her stalker/ex-boyfriend and mother enter back into the fold, trying to block the kids from entering the competition. I won't spoil the rest of the film, but I will say that I laughed during this film. Quite a bit, actually. By no means is "Tiny Dancers" a perfect production, but it did manage to keep me chuckling, and my write-up reflects that. If you're looking for something easy to sit down and enjoy, there's no reason not to give this flick a try. Unless you're looking for a Disney or Hallmark movie - if that's the case, steer clear.
From a technical standpoint, "Tiny Dancers" is a pretty solid film. Although there are definitely traits identifying it as a micro-budget movie, such as some audio issues here and there, it's never to the point of being groan-inducing. As a matter of fact? Patrick Russell's flick played surprisingly well across my screen and didn't overstay its welcome. This is definitely micro-indie - but it's micro-indie done well. Now, I'm not going to write that this film's story hasn't been done before or that there's some considerable life-changing scenario happening here. No. "Tiny Dancers" is made to be had fun with. It feels like everyone had a good time, and that translated to the screen pretty well. Leading lady Melody is not all that different when the film ends - except maybe some rebuilt self-esteem and less reliance on alcohol... but that's alright. I did notice the more serious theme of perceptions, such as some people's views on what they deem as inferior. In this case, the whole cliche revolves around adult dancers. But in the end, this film is more about the jokes than any moral message.
At the end of the day, "Tiny Dancers" calls itself a comedy, sets out to make you laugh, and succeeds. Russell's movie doesn't poise itself to reinvent the wheel or change the world somehow - it sets itself up to make its audience laugh a little. In today's world, what's wrong with that? The answer ... nothing at all. I had fun with this one and was glad to have had the opportunity to write about it. In my humble opinion, "Tiny Dancers" was a solid three and a half stars. To the cast and crew involved - well done and thanks for the laughs.