A new online clip from Year One, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, features Cera’s introverted caveman attempting to woo the lovely Juno Temple with his primitive Jacal dance. His awkward seduction falls apart soon after he clumsily offers her his hand – to smell. Hitting her in the head with a wooden stick mercifully ends their brief flirtation.
But the mere mention of a Jakal dance reminded me of C.J. Cregg’s beloved Jackal performance. President Bartlet’s then-press secretary mesmerized the entire West Wing with her sleep-deprived rendition of Ronny Jordan’s “The Jackal.” Cregg’s routine was more of vocal impression than a dance, but give Allison Janney points for coolness. She knows how to move, and actually looks like she knows what she’s doing.
Cera, on the other hand, was anything but cool, but that’s his charm. Apparently, the actual Jakal dance is some variation of the African Anteater Ritual from Can’t Buy Me Love, but his interpretation is hilariously devoid of rhythm. Toss in Jack Black’s enthusiastic encouragement, and my hopes for Year One just went up a click.
But if you had to choose, which showcase most tickles your fancy? Year One’s Jakal, or West Wing’s Jackal?