Take the Lead2006
Take the Lead (2006)
Critic Consensus: Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable.
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as Pierre Dulaine
as Augustine James
as Mr. Temple
as Big Girl
as Rock's Mom
as Rock's Dad
as Ms. Rosemead
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Critic Reviews for Take the Lead
Take the Lead, a dramatised retread of the hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, is so awful it defies describing.
A scattering of dance sequences that fuse hip-hop and classical beats provide a few shots of energy, but Take The Lead otherwise plods through the motions.
Take the Lead offers few if any surprises to anyone who's seen either the aforementioned Breakin', Beat Street, or, most obvious of all, Dangerous Minds.
While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.
The energy and rhythm keep it moving along gracefully.
Audience Reviews for Take the Lead
The sole reason for seeing this film: Antonio Banderas in a charismatic lead role, and looking like he was born in a tuxedo. The dance sequences are captivating and entertaining to watch, but it's probably one of the most uninspired inspiring stories I've seen. It's full of cliches, and a formulaic plot line that couldn't hold my interest past an hour.
Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.
The whole bring-culture-to-the-inner-city-kids thing is so overdone, but the dances are nice.
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