Sara joins Julliard in New York to fulfill her and her mother's dream of becoming the Prima ballerina of the school. She befriends her roommates, Zoe and Miles, who teach hip-hop classes. ... See full summary »
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
Sara goes to Chenille's the first time by walking under the "L". After Derek walks her home, he leaves in the opposite direction. After the ballet, Derek leaves again in the opposite direction. See more »
Hollywood deals with anything approaching real life so seldom these days, it's probably not surprising that it can only do so in the most predictable and pandering ways. This one's for all those white teens who long to be Black For a Night and want to be reassured that black teens are Funny When They're Randy, and all those black teens who want to show off how great they dance. Julia Stiles gives her all, as usual, but with material and direction this tepid she ends up seeming more irritated than anything else, even before the obligatory slo-mo leap into her lover's arms. Sean Patrick Thomas is by turns thrilling and smarmy in a plot that requires him to be too many different people at once (and shouldn't actors be banned from using three generic first names? Sean Patrick Thomas, Robert Sean Leonard, Neil Patrick Harris--how are we supposed to tell them apart, besides that one of them played Doogie Howser?)That prize of a supporting actor Terry Kinney goes to waste in an enigmatically boring role. And whatever happened to black directors who were searching for their own style rather than content with imitating after-school specials?
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