Review: ‘Lambada’

Lambada's peripheral dance segs don't add up to $7 worth of lambada. Still, director/cowriter Joel Silberg keeps the story lively on a cartoonish-level.

Lambada’s peripheral dance segs don’t add up to $7 worth of lambada. Still, director/cowriter Joel Silberg keeps the story lively on a cartoonish-level.

Eddie Peck plays the Beverly Hills teacher by day, East LA lambada dancer by night, his sculpted dancer’s physique straining the credibility of this most unlikely of teen fantasy scenarios. He forgoes evenings at home with his wife and son to motorbike over to the lambada club where he teaches math in the back room to a gang of east side dropouts.

His lambada prowess intrigues one of the BH highschoolers, sexually precocious Sandy (Melora Hardin), who stumbles onto the scene and sets out to seduce or blackmail him, unaware of his real, noble reason for leading this double life.

The dancing occupies little screen time compared to the sudsy intrigue Sandy stirs up on the school front, and what lambadaing there is, is photographed mostly in tight titillating shots that lack context.

Lambada

Production

Cannon. Director Joel Silberg; Producer Peter Shepherd; Screenplay Joel Silberg, Sheldon Renan; Camera Roberto D'Ettore Piazzoli; Editor Marcus Manton; Music Greg Manton; Art Director Bill Cornford

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

J. Eddie Peck Melora Hardin Shabba-Doo Ricky Paull Goldin Basil Hoffman
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