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Save the Last Dance
A 17-year-old high-school student sets her sights on being a professional ballerina, but she has to put her plans on hold when her mother is killed in a car accident and she is forced to move to her father's bleak Chicago neighborhood. Intimidated by inner-city life, she turns to the clubs for refuge, where she meets a young black man who shares her love for dancing. As their mutual respect evolves, they soon discover that peer pressure is a more formidable obstacle to romance than differences in race or class.

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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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