Save the Last Dance (2001)
Front Cover Actor
Julia Stiles Sara Johnson
Sean Patrick Thomas Derek Reynolds
Kerry Washington Chenille Reynolds
Fredro Starr Malakai
Terry Kinney Roy Johnson
Bianca Lawson Nikki
Vince Green Snookie
Garland Whitt Kenny
Elisabeth Oas Diggy
Artel Kayàru Arvel (as Artel Jarod Walker)
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Thomas Carter (II); Thomas Carter
Producer David Madden
Writer Duane Adler
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 1 hr 52 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Save the Last Dance enjoyed a profitable release in early 2001, with box-office earnings that exceeded anyone's expectations. Its performance illustrates the staying power of a formulaic movie that avoids the pitfalls and clichés that would otherwise render it forgettable. Since there's nothing new here, you'll appreciate the original quirks in a character-based plot that's just around the corner from Flashdance, and just as familiar. Sara (Julia Stiles) gave up a promising ballet career when her mother was killed while rushing to attend her daughter's crucial audition to Juilliard; Sara blames herself for the accident, and at her new, mostly African American high school in Chicago, she's uncertain of her future.

Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) has no such doubts; his own future is bright, and his attraction to Sara is immediate; they connect (predictably), and Sara's dormant funk emerges, with Derek's coaching, as she learns hip-hop dancing in a local club. Obligatory subplots are equally routine: Derek's sister (Kerry Washington) is a single mom struggling with her child's absentee father; Derek's best friend (Fredro Starr) feels trapped in his gangsta lifestyle; and Sara's once-estranged father (Terry Kinney) is doing his best to correct past mistakes. Within the confines of this standard follow-your-dream drama, director Thomas Carter capitalizes on a script that allows these characters to be real, intelligent, and thoughtful about their lives and their futures. It's obvious that Stiles's dancing was intercut with that of a professional double, but that illusion hardly matters when the rest of the movie's so earnestly positive and genuine. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1524
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/29/05
Purchase Price $7.50
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
IMDB
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 097363345541
Chapters
Release Date 6/19/01
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned