Save the Last Dance (2001)

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Critic Consensus: This teen romance flick feels like a predictable rehashing of other movies.

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A 17-year-old high-school student sets her sights on being a professional ballerina, but she has to put her plans on hold when her mother is killed in a car accident and she is forced to move to her father's bleak Chicago neighborhood. Intimidated by inner-city life, she turns to the clubs for refuge, where she meets a young black man who shares her love for dancing. As their mutual respect evolves, they soon discover that peer pressure is a more formidable obstacle to romance than differences in race or class.
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references)
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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Cast

Kerry Washington
as Chenille
Fredro Starr
as Malakai
Vince Green
as Snookie
Dorothy Martin
as Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty
as Lindsay
Felicia Fields
as Woman on Train
Ora Jones
as Mrs. Gwynn
Tab Baker
as Mr. Campbell
Kevin Reid
as Wonk
Andrew Rothenberg
as Stern Judge
Mekdes Bruk
as Lakisha
Ronald Ray
as Stepps Slacker
Tai'isah Davis
as Tiffnee
Erica Hubbard
as Jasmine
Richmond Talauega
as Stepps Dancer
Brenda Pickleman
as Older Disgusted Woman
Julie Greenberg
as Gymnastics Teacher
Anna Paskevska
as Ballet Instructor
Malaika Paul
as Basketball Player
Jennifer Echols
as Lavatory Girl
Ellie Weingardt
as Ballet Judge's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Save the Last Dance

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (31)

As teen melodrama, well, Carter's film is what it is; but for such a mainstream black-consciousness movie, at least it doesn't shy from addressing some touchy issues about masculinity, parenthood, and black attitudes to whites.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A refreshingly friendly view of a romance between people of different pigmentation, an area where more respectable pictures still wimp out.

March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Stiles and Thomas supply what this movie needs most: a heartbeat.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It pays knowing respect not only to high school social politics, but also to racial politics among today's young people.

January 12, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

The intent is a feel-good film, sort of an American version of Billy Elliot and I didn't believe a minute of it.

Full Review… | January 12, 2001
Denver Post
Top Critic

Squanders nice performances by Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas by confining them and the supporting cast to cookie-cutter roles and hackneyed inner-city subplots.

January 12, 2001
Associated Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Save the Last Dance

Nice little movie. Have watched this one a few times over the years, and I don't especially like dance movies. This one has a good story outside the dancing, being about an aspiring ballerina whose mother dies, leaving her to live with her father she barely knows. He lives in a mostly black neighborhood so a lot of this is about her struggles to fit in as virtually the only white girl in school. There's a lot to say about racism and I think this movie does quite a nice job. Julia is lovely and the relationship between her and the brother of her new friend is believable. You really hope to see it work out for them.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

One of the original film to blend love with dance in the modern-day millenium era. Stiles and Patrick Thomas' on-screen duo floats gracefully like any other partnered dance routine. The script, though predictable, still provided emotion to bring you to your feet. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

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Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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