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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sara
... Derek
... Chenille
... Malakai
... Roy
... Nikki
Vince Green ... Snookie
... Kenny
... Diggy
... Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
Cory Stewart ... Lip
Jennifer Anglin ... Glynn
Dorothy Martin ... Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty ... Lindsay
... Woman on Train
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Storyline

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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Pasión y baile  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,526,443, 14 January 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,057,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,706,809
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Kerry Washington's first major role. She was working as a substitute teacher at the time, and paid so little for the film that she had to return to that job. Consequently she switched to only elementary school positions because high school students would show up to "watch Chenille teach French." See more »

Goofs

On Sara's first day at the new school, she is walking up the front stairs and there is a guy with braids outside. After she goes through the metal detector, she walks past a door in the hallway, and the guy is there again, this time with his jacket off. See more »

Quotes

[after Sara and Nikki's fight]
Nikki: It ain't over, bitch.
Sara: I don't even know why it started, bitch.
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Spoofed in Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »

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Bonafide
by Jeremy Monroe, Georgette Franklin, Erik Isaacs, and Craig Owens
Performed by X-2-C
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Cheesy, but great dancing
8 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Unless you like cheesy MTV-style teenage movies of the ilk of Flashdance, this may not be for you. If you do, it's a well-made piece of that easily digestible junk-food genre. For me, it was interesting mostly because of the dancing (fusion of hip-hop and ballet). There's some interesting performances, even if the editing is there to show the dancefloor moves to a perfection that might not have actually been achieved by Julia Stiles. The standard boy-meets-girl, gets-her-to-realise-her-dream-as-a-dancer-stuff is the stuff large buckets of popcorn were made for . . .


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