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Take the Lead (2006)

 -  Drama | Music  -  7 April 2006 (USA)
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.

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Storyline

In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he volunteers to teach dance to students to give respect, dignity, self-confidence, trust and teamwork. The reluctant director Augustine James offers the troublemakers that are in detention expecting Pierre to give-up of his intentions. Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, parents and other teachers, but wins his battle when the group accepts to compete in a ballroom dance contest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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7 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$206,248 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$1,113,955 (New Zealand) (18 August 2006)
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Trivia

Dante Basco played high school boy Ramos when he was 31 years old. See more »

Goofs

When Pierre is talking to a student in his dance studio, a boom microphone can be seen in the window behind the two characters. See more »

Quotes

Caitlin: I'd kill to dance like that. It's like sex on hardwood.
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Referenced in Studio C: Episode #2.10 (2013) See more »

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Baby Workout
Written by Jackie Wilson and Alonzo Tucker
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Surprisingly really good!
16 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just returned from seeing this film at a preview/test screening.

This film was much better than I had expected. The story brings to mind movies such as Mad Hot Ballroom or Dangerous Minds, but is different enough that it is able to stand on its own.

Overall I thought the acting was well done. The dancing was great (both the hip hop dancing and the ballroom). And while I am not a huge Antonio Banderas fan, I thought he was excellent, and I really liked him. He was able to be the star of the movie, but not the center of attention at all times. He looked good and seemed to provide a different element to what could have been the same old "help the inner city kids find hope" story.

The script and dialogue had nothing too cheesy or corny, which is usually found in "feel good" films, or movies about highschool students. There are plenty of funny parts, as well as enough drama and interesting character conflicts to keep everything interesting.

My only complaint was that the ending didn't seem to wrap up everything

  • there were some back story lines and issues that weren't resolved.
But a few unanswered questions can sometimes be better than a cheesy, unbelievable ending where suddenly all is right in the world. I'll be curious to see if they make any changes before it is released in theatres.

I give it an 8 out of 10, because I was genuinely entertained.


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