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Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 12 January 2001 (USA)
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A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

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Sara wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father, who she has not seen for a long time. He lives on the other side of town, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. She gets transferred to a new school where she is one of the few White students there. She becomes friends with Chenille, and later, falls in love with Chenille's brother, Derek. Written by Kara

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The Only Person You Need To Be Is Yourself.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,526,443 (USA) (12 January 2001)

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$91,038,276 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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The audition scene at the start of the movie was filmed at the Atheneaum Theater in Chicago. See more »

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Sara: You know Snook, you talk a lot of shit for someone who never says anything.
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Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Opus 64
Second Movement, Andante Cantabile
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as P. Tchaikovsky)
Performed by Budapest Orchestra
Conducted by Allan Lewis
Courtesy of Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
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A Pleasant Surprise
14 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Promos for Save the last Dance have been running for quite a while now and everytime i would see one i would go. "i have to see this movie", but naother part of me was going "but what if this is just another teen film". I went with my initial instinct and saw the movie and i'm glad i did. This film is so much more than just a teen film. in fact i saw a lot of adults in the audience when i saw it. Save the Last Dance really makes you think about some of the issues that are addressed in the film.

The plot revolves around Sara Johnson(Julia Stiles) who moves to a very bad part of Chicago with her dad after her mom is killed in a car accident. her mom is killed during this accident while trying to rush to see sara try out for Julliard. Sara is so heart borken by this event that she holds off on dance. When she arrives to chicago she attends a mostly black highschool and has to learn to fit in. She meets Chenille(Kerry Washington) who shows her the ropes and how to get around in school. She also meets her brother Derek(Sean Patrick Thomas)who had a shaddy past but now has dreams of going to georgetown and becoming a doctor. Soon they all begin to hang out and go to this hip hop club called steps. Soon derek is showing sara how to dance like them and she picks up on it pretty quickly. soon they meet afterschool and practice and he learns that she once did ballet and that passion for dance soon turns into a romance for the both of them. problems arise when this interacial pairing is put to the test on many occasions.

The acting by everyone is pretty good but it's the chemistry of the 2 leads that carry the film. Julia Stiles is a very talented actress who is really breaking out in the industry and i hope more adult work comes her way that will trully test her talent. Sean Patrick Thomas is also good as Derek. he has a very low key charisma and fascinating screen prescence. when these 2 are together however the film becomes so much better because their chemistry is so strong that you honestly want them to be together. The Acting by the supporting cast, especially fredro starr and Kerry Washington is also good.

The music and Dancing are a real highlight. the hip hop scenes are very fun and energetic and one of the best aspects of the film. also the scenes where derek is tryng to teach sara how to dance is when the film is at its best..

I really recommend this film because it was very enjoyable and shouldn't be written off as just naother teen flick. check it out. B+


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