Totally Awesome is a television movie produced by VH1. Totally Awesome directly parodies a number of 1980s movies, including Dirty Dancing, Soul Man, Footloose, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Teen Wolf, Better Off Dead, Lucas, Pretty in Pink, and The Karate Kid. The film premiered on November 4, 2006 on VH1, and was broadcast to promote the film's DVD release on November 7.
Charlie Gunderson (Mikey Day) is a young man who moves into a new town, where he is automatically dubbed the most unpopular guy at school. He falls for the prettiest and most popular girl at school, Kimberly (Brittany Daniel), whose boyfriend Kipp (Joey Kern) is a stereotypical jock and bully. At first, Charlie attempts to woo Kimberly, seeking the help of a black man named Darnell (Tracy Morgan) in attempts to be cooler. Darnell teaches him how to talk, walk and act like a cool black man, though this attempt ultimately backfires.
Charlie also meets a girl named Billie (Nicki Clyne), the class loser, who is poor and has very oily skin. She is the only one who understands Charlie and develops a crush on him. Charlie befriends Billie, though at first insists their relationship is platonic.
After an altercation with Kipp, Charlie challenges Kipp to a Decathlon. To prepare, Charlie seeks the help of Yamagashi (James Hong), a wise, old, gay, Asian instructor (and parody of Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid series of movies). Charlie is told to do odd chores that are supposed to help him in the Decathlon like "Sweep My Deck" for pole vault, "Jump For Apples" for high jump, and "Toss the Rock" for shot put. When Charlie points out that Yamagashi has only taught him how to do three events, Yamagashi suggests killing Kipp to avoid the contest; when Charlie rejects homicide as a solution, Yamagashi tells him he must find a reason to drive him to succeed.
In addition to Charlie's attempts to survive the new school and court the girl, the movie follows Charlie's sister Lori (Dominique Swain), a dancer who is in love with school janitor Gabriel (Chris Kattan). Gabriel was the dance teacher before dancing was outlawed in the town following an incident in which several dancing teenagers had their feet come loose.
Gabriel helds secret dance lessons at his house in which Lori and Gabriel discover their feelings for each other. Lori decides to have a dance number after the decathlon to get the town to allow dancing back. So Gabriel decides to star in it with his girlfriend but she breaks her leg during practice, leading Gabriel and Lori to become partners.
Jealous, his girlfriend takes pictures of Lori and Gabriel kissing, then shows them to the school principal which fires Gabriel. Angry, thinking Lori told him, Gabriel decides to never see Lori again. But at the decathlon awards, Gabriel tells a speech about dance, love and passion and reveals to the audience that he and Lori may of had sex with then they all do their dance routine.