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Lambada (1990)





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One of several films released to trade on the short-lived Lambada craze (it was an especially sexy Latin dance, in case you don't remember), Lambada stars J. Eddie Peck as Kevin Laird, a mathematics teacher at an exclusive Beverly Hills high school who by night puts away his slide rule and shuffles down to the barrio where, as Blade, he frequents a disco called No Man's Land and cuts loose, instructing the thermal-heated females on how to dance the lambada. After the bumping and grinding, he takes the ladies to a back room where he helps them get their GEDs. It appears that all is well with Kevin; he is appointed head of the mathematics department by principal Singleton (Keene Curtis) and his family never questions why he goes out at night dressed in leather and earrings. But then one of his students, Sandy (Melora Hardin), spots Kevin's gyrating pelvis when she heads to No Man's Land after an argument with her boyfriend Dean (Ricky Paull Goldin). Sandy begins to frequent the club and it is not long before Kevin's double-life is revealed. Dean comes to the club to take Sandy back and a disgruntled member of Kevin's barrio entourage, Ramone (Shabba-Doo), tells Dean the truth about Kevin. The result is a rumble between the posh high school kids and the barrio dropouts. Kevin is promptly fired, but a petition by Sandy reinstates him as the two opposing groups of kids square off in a math competition.

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J. Eddie Peck
as Kevin 'Blade' Laird
Melora Hardin
as Sandy Thomas
as Ramone
Basil Hoffman
as Superintendent Leland
Dennis Burkley
as Uncle Big
Keene Curtis
as Principal Singleton
Rita Bland
as Lesley
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Critic Reviews for Lambada

All Critics (2)

Some bad movies are simply bad because of incompetence or miscalculation; here is one that begins with the distinction of confusion and follows through with it until the last befuddling frame.

Full Review… | March 17, 2015

It's too actively poor to accuse it of being "boring".

Full Review… | November 7, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Lambada

★1/2 (out of four) Look what "Dirty Dancing" and the Latin dance crazes of the late 1980's started! There was a film called "Salsa" and then this annoyance. I won't say that the people involved can't dance, because they can, but they sure can't act. Kevin Laird (J. Eddie Peck) is a boring Beverly Hills High School math teacher. But at night he discos down to No Man's Land, a dance hall in a rough area of town. There he cuts loose doing the forbidden dance! It's forbidden because it is just too damn sexy to be allowed in most places. After he shakes his groove thing, he brings people of the community into the backroom and helps them get their GED's. One night one of his students named Sandy (Melora Hardin) sees him at the club, boogieing until he just can't boogie no more. She instantly falls for the mathematical maestro, but things get hot for the teacher when his school learns of his late night activities. Need I say more? [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

J. Eddie Peck is a high school Math teacher at a Beverly Hills school by day and a lambada dancer by night. He gets involved with some under-privileged kids and gives them lessons on how to do the Lambada--a hot new Latin dance! Not as good as "Footloose" or "Dirty Dancing" but the dance scenes are exciting and provocative.

Deb S
Deb S

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I forgotten how cheesy this early 90's movie was, but can't help but to watch again.

Donna Dawson
Donna Dawson

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