Julia Stiles Sean Patrick Thomas Kerry Washington Fredro Starr Terry Kinney Bianca Lawson
After the death of her mother Sara Johnson moves in with her father in south side Chicago and all but gives up on her dreams of being a ballerina. Feeling lost and alone at her new school, she discovers Derek, a fellow student who connects with her thanks to his street moves. When she begins to open up once, she takes a chance on her dreams of dancing once again. -- Chris Kavan
Sure, you've seen the story before in other films, but Save the Last Dance, with help from leads Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas, has a spark that moves it through the formulaic plot. Not quite classic, but a good film none-the-less.
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit even though Iím not much into dancing because itís a deceptively typical coming of age film. While we get some of the familiar set-up that involves interracial relationships and being a minority in a predominantly black neighborhood, the picture is able to focus on all of those issues and comment on them in a thoughful way. Thereís a brilliant scene with Julia Stiles and Kerry Washington while they wait in the doctorís waiting room. Even though what Washington tells Stiles hurts, in a way itís very true. Moments like that makes this film above average and worth watching. With most movies, I have a problem whenever thereís too many characters because focus is mostly sacrificed. I didnít have a problem with this one because each character or side-story is in...