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Take the Lead

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

NYC high schoolers saved by ballroom dancing.

Movie PG-13 2006 117 minutes
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Fantastic Family Movie - Great Conversations

Some erotic dancing and an intense scene with a gun but nothing my 9-year old couldn’t handle and he is quite sensitive. Great messages and spurred lots of conversation about gender biases, respect for women, etc.

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Liz Friedlander's fiction film is well-meaning and energetic. It skews older than the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom (though both are inspired by the same NYC program), and features more acrobatic camerawork and slicker editing. This means the movie grants the kids an inevitable endpoint: an entertaining dance competition where they combine hip-hop and ballroom strategies.

Yet while Rock is "developed" in relation to several characters, most of the students never get out from under their initial stereotypes. The film alludes to the students' complex lives and "issues" but they're resolved in the fiction more simplistically than are the younger kids' dilemmas in the documentary. And the Michelle Pfeiffer plot is corny. Even the diligent, compassionate widower Pierre gets a girlfriend by the end.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 7, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: August 29, 2006
  • Cast: Alfre Woodard, Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown
  • Director: Liz Friedlander
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 117 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic material, language and some violence
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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