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

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Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pasión y baile  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,153,586 (Italy) (14 September 2001)

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Terrible. So much promise, so little result.
27 June 2001 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Save the Last Dance was full of promise. Attractive White female forced to attend school and make new friends (and lovers) in the Chicago Ghetto. Full of promise. Why were we not allowed to see more of the relationship with the mother? They fought, she died. We get one scene of a gift. The movie started the tension between the father and daughter but didn't follow it. Why did he leave in the first place? We are never told. Him rejecting the boyfriend would have been a predictable but entertaining story line. And as for racism? They "dance" around the topic and then are hailed for tackling it. No Character development, shoddy plot line. If you are into dance, you'll like it the first time. Don't expect an earth shattering experience.

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