SAVE THE LAST DANCE
Damaged Role Models
Release Date: January 12, 2001
Starring: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick
Thomas, Terry Kinney, Fredro
Starr, & Bianca Lawson
Genre: Romantic Drama
Audience: Teenagers & adults
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Thomas Carter
Producer: Robert W. Cort & David Madden
Writer: Duane Adler & Cheryl Edwards
Address Comments To:Sherry Lansing, Chairman
Motion Pictures Group
A Paramount Communications Company
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Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
Sara (Julia Stiles) still remembers the day her mother died. She had insisted her mother come to her tryouts for the prestigious Juliard dance school, and it was on her way there that her mother died. Since that horrible day, Sara has never again put on her ballet slippers, despite her talent.
Having moved to Chicago to live with the father she barely knows, Sara finds herself attending an all black high school. Fortunately, a girl named Nikki befriends her, as does Nikki's brother, Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), who is an aspiring pediatrician. As Sara hangs out with the group more and more, she is brought into the world of hip hop, and soon Derek is teaching her all the moves and putting a few on her as well. Eventually, her past resurfaces, and the emotional responsibility she feels for her mother’s death and the flak she’s receiving from others concerning her interracial relationship with Derek become overwhelming. She overcomes her guilt, however, and again tries for Juliard, and also gets a second chance at love.
SAVE THE LAST DANCE is a movie that is often unrealistic and wavering in its message. Though the acting is “cute” at times, these few touching moments cannot save an entire script. The story is a good idea that was carried out in a way that comes across as synthetic, rather than bold.
These attributes alone do not ruin the movie, but the amount of foul language lowers the bar as well. Regardless of the setting, foul language is not an excuse for not being able to act angry. Eventually, these obscenities will become tame, and then what will incompetent actors do when it comes to scenes depicting anger? This and situations of implied fornication, underage drinking and other elements only worsen the movie’s moral credibility and stop the young actors from becoming really good role models.
SAVE THE LAST DANCE is a movie that is often unrealistic and wavering in its message. Though the acting is “cute” at times, these few touching moments cannot save an entire script. The story is carried out in a way that comes across as synthetic, rather than bold. The characters, though sometimes funny, were not always consistent. This only adds to the confusion instead of the drama. These attributes alone do not ruin the movie, but the amount of foul language lowers the bar as well. Situations of implied fornication, underage drinking and other elements also damage the movie’s moral credibility and stop the actors from becoming good role models