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Take the Lead

Take the Lead
Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown and Alfre Woodard

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 7, 2006 Released by: New Line Cinema

Antonio Banderas plays Pierre Dulaine, a real-life ballroom dance instructor, who brings ballroom into the lives of some troubled NY high school students.

When he first approaches the school, he's almost laughed out of the building. But, he is given a trial class to work with, figuring that he will be chewed up and spit out by the kids, and that will be the end of it.

Dulaine is put in charge of the after-school detention class that meets in a basement room next to the boiler. Although the kids are wary of this guy, they know there's something different about him. He's polished, soft-spoken and classy, but the most important thing about him is that he treats them with respect.

The teens, headed by Rock (Rob Brown) and LaRhette (YaYa DaCosta) hate Dulaine's music and laugh at his dancing, but they finally come around when he entices them with a $5,000 prize they could win in an upcoming dance competition.

Banderas is perfect as the charming dancer. His one big dance demonstration is sexy and he sure looks like he knows what he's doing.

The film is entertaining, with its upbeat music, great moves and a nifty dance sequence that intersperses hip hop music and dances with classic music and ballroom.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
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