Take the Lead (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable.

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Inspired by a true story, Antonio Banderas stars as internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane. The film revolves around a professional dancer who volunteers to teach in the New York City public school system. But when his classic methods clash with his students' hip hop instincts, he teams up with them to create a new style of dance and becomes their mentor in the process. "Take the Lead" co-stars Alfre Woodard and marks the feature directing debut of veteran music video helmer Liz Friedlander.
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PG-13 (for thematic material, language and some violence)
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Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Antonio Banderas
as Pierre Dulaine
Yaya DaCosta
as LaRhette
Alfre Woodard
as Augustine James
Dante Basco
as Ramos
John Ortiz
as Mr. Temple
Elijah Kelley
as Danjou
Shawand McKenzie
as Big Girl
Lauren Collins
as Caitlin
Alison Sealy-Smith
as Rock's Mom
Phillip Jarrett
as Rock's Dad
Jo Chim
as Gretchen
Kevin Hanchard
as Woodley
Lyriq Bent
as Easy
Sharon Matthews
as Ms. Rosemead
Ardon Bess
as Smitty
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Critic Reviews for Take the Lead

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (36)

While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
Time Out
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it's just ridiculous, it's just ridiculous. One cliché right after another. Not for one second did I believe any of this.

April 10, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
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Full Review… | April 7, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

While we may be able to pretty much guess everything that's going to happen in Take the Lead, its considerable charm lies in the way it fulfills, rather than bucks, our expectations.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Salon.com
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Think of it as the fictionalized version of last year's engaging documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, with teen dancers and sexier moves. It is also more formulaic and clichéd, thanks to the predictable plot and theme.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
USA Today
Top Critic

Take the Lead is pure entertainment, if only for the endless amusement of watching Banderas spread the gospel of ballroom like he was born wearing a tuxedo.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Take the Lead

The sole reason for seeing this film: Antonio Banderas in a charismatic lead role, and looking like he was born in a tuxedo. The dance sequences are captivating and entertaining to watch, but it's probably one of the most uninspired inspiring stories I've seen. It's full of cliches, and a formulaic plot line that couldn't hold my interest past an hour.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The whole bring-culture-to-the-inner-city-kids thing is so overdone, but the dances are nice.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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