Take the Lead
A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system. While his background first clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance. Based on the story of ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane.
Three considerations on why I'm giving this four stars:
1) I have an addiction to films about dancing.
2) Jasika Nicole is in this. Astrid from Fringe.
3) Antonio Banderas.
i have very little patience for this kind of uplifting stories where a privileged person 'saves' a group of unprivileged kids (in this case, via the magic of ballroom dancing and based on a true story) and while some of this concerns are adressed in the film it ultimately doesn't deviate from the usual formula. antonio banderas is likeable enough to make this easier to swallow, but there's not much else going on.
This was one of the movies that inspired me to start dancing years ago. I loved it and the aspect of how anyone can dance if it's something they enjoy. I loved ballroom and latin dancing. It makes me want to get back into it again, if I only had the time.
Highly predictable dancing movie. Dangerous Minds but with dancing.
Ok, the story is just pure cliché, Antonio Bandeiras is nothing more then a handsome sexy motherfucker for whom the girls all over the world will sigh. The photography simply follows "Hollywood-ways-to-make-a-acceptable-movie". But there is all this tango! "La Cumparsita", "Así Se Baila El Tango" and Cole Porter, Nat King Cole and all this dancing movements! You got me on my knees, Liz Friedlander, so I'll give you 3 stars.
Trashy but good acting and interesting enough story! Love a dance movie and am a total sucker for anything based on a true story.