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Save the Last Dance (2001)

 -  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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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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Pasión y baile  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,162,372 (Italy) (7 September 2001)

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$2,153,586 (Italy) (14 September 2001)
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According to an early draft of the script, Sarah lived with her mother in Pennsylvania before moving in with her father in Baltimore. By the time the film was shot, the locations were Lemont, IL and Chicago, respectively. See more »

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The bus bears the number K989 in the windshield, they get on a bus that bears a different number. See more »

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Sara: [when talking to her dad] It's not that I hate you, it's just that I miss her.
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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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really corny
22 October 2004 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Lame script, bad directing. The school scenes were so unrealistic -- c'mon, on her very first day at school a black girl completely befriends her out of nowhere and treats her like she's her best friend, even sticking up for her to every other girl in school. Couldn't they at least have set it up better, where Sarah does something to gain her trust, or her friend has a white parent, or anything interesting? Something besides no reason or charity work.

The scenes where they practiced dancing in the empty school room, they were so stupid it was embarrassing to watch. And practicing how to sit? She's white, not a guy. The club dancing scenes, also ridiculous and hard to watch. Show me someone in the room making a comment or something. Wasn't the point of this movie to make a statement about racial tension and acceptance? She hardly had any real problems that weren't easily avoided. Even the eventual "fight" with her boyfriend lasted only 2 minutes and was reconciled for no particular reason.

And too often I always notice Stiles acting, if you know what I mean, which isn't a good thing. Like in a high school play.

The scene in the ER waiting room with her friend going off on her, that was about the only good dramatic scene. And even that was a cliché quote ("black girls don't have enough good black men anymore") that I've heard many times before on TV and movies.

Sarah's constant "I don't want to talk about it" about her boycotting dancing and about her mother...cliché like a bad sitcom. Ooh, but then she overcomes it all in the end, with the help of her boyfriend...how surprising.

This was really painful to watch. I gave it a 2 because I've seen a lot worse movies. The script and filming must have been put together really quickly because it seemed like there wasn't much imagination behind it. I actually thought going into it that there would be some interesting viewpoints or more hard-hitting scenes. I guess I forgot it was an MTV movie.


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