Take the Lead

  • 12
  • Liz Friedlander (2006)
  • US
  • 112 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Dangerous Minds meets Strictly Come Dancing as more disaffected ghetto teens get valuable life lessons from an unlikely mentor. Antonio Banderas struts his stuff as real-life ex-ballroom champion Pierre Dulaine - the man behind the school dance programme documented in Mad Hot Ballroom - who provides inspiration to New York high-school detention students via waltz and salsa lessons. They, in turn, teach him something by fusing his classical approach with their street styles. But will that impress the judges of the upcoming dance competition? A vibrant package of high-energy dance routines and soft social relevance, this diverting drama from music video director Liz Friedlander makes the right moves even when it's glossing over grim issues. The choreography is sensational on both sides of the cultural divide, as old school Cole Porter and George Gershwin melodies compete alongside the hip-hop vibe of Black Eyed Peas and Q-Tip. While there are no real surprises in the story, this feel-good dynamo glides by gracefully and unpretentiously with enormous appeal.

Plot Summary

Drama based on a true story, starring Antonio Banderas. Former professional ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine inspires a motley crew of troublesome New York high-school students to learn valuable lessons in life - while also teaching them some radical new moves into the bargain.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pierre Dulaine
Antonio Banderas
Rock
Rob Brown
LaRhette
Yaya DaCosta
Ramos
Dante Basco
Mr Temple
John Ortiz (1)
Tina
Laura Benanti
Eddie
Marcus T Paulk
Sasha
Jenna Dewan
Augustine James
Alfre Woodard

Crew

Director
Liz Friedlander

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 14 Apr 2006
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Entertainment
Categories
Drama

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