Take the Lead (2006)
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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as Pierre Dulaine
as Augustine James
as Mr. Temple
as Big Girl
as Rock's Mom
as Rock's Dad
as Ms. Rosemead
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Critic Reviews for Take the Lead
While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.
it's just ridiculous, it's just ridiculous. One cliché right after another. Not for one second did I believe any of this.
Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love.
Feels like a product, with decisions made for audience appeal rather than creativity.
For the most part, Liz Friedlander's direction and frenetic pacing mitigate any real performance opportunities.
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.
Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.
The whole bring-culture-to-the-inner-city-kids thing is so overdone, but the dances are nice.
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