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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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