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10 Classic Hollywood Cliches Still Used Today


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Choreography on Cue
Choreographed break-out numbers have been part of film for decades. Here, a wild watusi marks the high point of a college vacation dance in a scene from the 1964 film 'Get Yourself A College Girl.' Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images
Choreographed break-out numbers have been part of film for decades. Here, a wild watusi marks the high point of a college vacation dance in a scene from the 1964 film 'Get Yourself A College Girl.' Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images

In real life, group dancing gets about as complicated as the Wobble or the Electric Slide. Anything more involved is likely to twist an ankle for untrained dancers. So you have to love it when normal teen or 20-something characters suddenly burst into professional-caliber choreography that typically has nothing to do with the plot. Not that I'm complaining – everyday life would be so much cooler with spontaneous dance-offs in the break room at work, am I right?

"17 Again," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and "Napoleon Dynamite" are all prime examples of perfectly synced and/or performed booty shaking sass. "She's All That" featured an especially awesome bit of prom choreography, later jabbed by movie website SLP Mode: "The film's mysteriously choreographed prom dance is the stuff of '90s legend, made even more amusing by the lame explanation offered by the DJ (played by Usher, of course): 'Right about now we're going to do that dance I taught you. And I know you've been practicing!'"