Center Stage Reviews
The film follows multiple teens who've been accepted into the prestigious ABA ballet training program. Various descriptions online would have you believe that the film follows the lives of twelve main characters, and while that number is true to some extent, the film actually follows only about three characters with the other nine characters only appearing where the other three's stories dictate. The school is headed over by a pre-OC Peter Gallagher who plays somewhat of a seedy taskmaster who will ultimately decide these teens future.
I like the film, because the characters are relatable and come off as "real". The film does some smart things to aid this along the way. For one thing, in addition to the twelve principals, there are a number of other characters who repeatedly appear and who are instantly familiar to the main cast, which gives the allusion that the world of the movie exists beyond what's on the screen in front of you. In addition, although definitely appearing as the film's antagonist Peter Gallagher's Johnathan, is written in a way that we understand where he's coming from. and his role is only dictated by his job
Overall, the film is just fun, and it has a great soundtrack too which serves as a perfect time capsule of the pop landscape circa 2000.
The other thing, was that when Center Stage has been shown on network television in my country, it is promoted as a "Number One Box Office Hit." This was due to Center Stage being released at the same time that the Sydney Olympic Games were on, and there was little else to go and see.
On the plus side, it is a good-looking piece, with some likable cast members doing their best with the material, and features an excellent, fresh ballet performance in the finale.