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Save The Last Dance
In this romantic drama, two teenagers in love struggle to look past their differences. After the unexpected death of her mother, Sarah Johnson (Julia Stiles) moves to Chicago to live with her father. Knowing no one at her new school and not at home in a gritty, inner-city high school, Sarah has trouble adjusting, but she soon becomes friends with Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), who has talent and street smarts but a checkered past. Sarah was an avid student of ballet before her mother's death sidelined her studies, while Derek has some serious hip-hop moves, and their mutual love of dance… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As teen melodrama, well, Carter's film is what it is; but for such a mainstream black-consciousness movie, at least it doesn't shy from addressing some touchy issues about masculinity, parenthood, and black attitudes to whites."
‑ , Time Out
"It pays knowing respect not only to high school social politics, but also to racial politics among today's young people."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Formulaic teen romance with an MTV spin."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's not courageous enough to deviate from the teen movie formula more than a smidgeon."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"Tries to squeeze in a few too many plot elements into too short a time."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A refreshingly friendly view of a romance between people of different pigmentation, an area where more respectable pictures still wimp out."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The intent is a feel-good film, sort of an American version of Billy Elliot and I didn't believe a minute of it."
‑ Glenn Giffin, Denver Post
"Performances throughout are solidly decent."
‑ Susannah Breslin, Film Threat
"Sara's got a sense of humor about how very uncool she is, and she proves to be a game girl."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"Stiles and Thomas redeem this film over and over. And the dancing is fun to watch, too."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Stiles and Thomas supply what this movie needs most: a heartbeat."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Squanders nice performances by Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas by confining them and the supporting cast to cookie-cutter roles and hackneyed inner-city subplots."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Ultimately, this talented twosome [Stiles and Thomas] can only do so much with a script that continually lets them down at about every turn."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"To the film's credit, it tries, and while it never really sings, it does deliver the dance."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Likeable teen romance that overcomes its inevitable predictability thanks to its talented cast and its avoidance of both clichés and syrupy sentimentality."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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