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Save the Last Dance 2

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

No Stiles, but dance film's 2nd is still teen fun.

Movie PG-13 2006 90 minutes
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If Save the Last Dance 2 had been called something else, and not associated with the fabulous original, it would have been released in theaters and inspired a throng of dance-movie devotees. Instead, you'll have to get the DVD to appreciate the fun of this hip hop-meets-ballet movie. In this film, Miko plays an altogether different Sarah. Less down-to-earth and relatable than Julia Stiles, Miko's Sarah is ethereal and untouchable. She's almost too perfect. That, and her poorly hidden Polish accent, create a kind of unbelievability that makes early scenes hard to sit through.

The premise of the movie itself may be trite, but it's so well done that the viewer can't help but get sucked in. Especially for young women around Sarah's age -- 18 to 22 -- the questions Sarah faces are their questions, too. Do they do what their parents want or what they want? What are the consequences of following their own inspiration? The heaviness of life-lessons aside, this movie has some great dancing in it. The original film wishes it had the kind of choreography that Save the Last Dance 2 boasts. It's kind of Center Stage-meets-Honey -- and for lovers of dance movies, that's a great compliment.

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