856. Save the Last Dance

Title: Save the Last Dance
Director: Thomas Carter
Year: 2001
Run time: 1hr 52m

“Sara (Julia Stiles) wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father (Terry Kinney), who she has not seen for a long time, in Chicago, mainly the ghetto. She gets transferred to a new school where she is the only white there. Her life takes a turn for the better when she is friends with Chenille (Kerry Washington). Later, she falls in love with her brother, Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas).”

Live blog

0:40 – Didn’t know the MTV moon man was on the ident, but makes sense.
5:38 – Oof, people reacting to news is so hard.
7:35 – “It’s not much of what you’re used to but the water’s hot and the mice are friendly.”
13:44 – Like her showing her the bag stealing rather than just telling her about it.
19:27 – “You can eat or not eat and I’ll be back when I’m back.” My kind of parenting.
28:40 – Yay, the dancing begins.
34:97 – Really nice dress Chenille is wearing.
39:39 – Actual use of the word scrub.
46:33 – So many choooons. Urban throwback playlists all day tomorrow.
52:32 – “How am I doing? How’s my butt?”
1:01:16 – How did he know she meant an audition at Juilliard?
1:05:46 – Oof, ballet toes.
1:10:33 – Took him long enough to notice she’d gone.
1:12:23 – There’s a hip-hop version of True Colours?
1:20:25 – Significant amount of punching in this film.
1:28:56 – Their argument is so annoying because they all agree!
1:35:13 – “Stuff.” Best word ever.

Conclusions

Ah, I love this film. After two less than stellar movies in a row, we wanted to watch something that was guaranteed to be good, and I remember this one as being a nice little teen rom-com.

The story is a little bit Romeo and Juliet, a little bit Cutting Edge, a little bit of everything, and when you add in some fun dancing as well, there’s a lot to like. The soundtrack is brilliant, really made me nostalgic for the late 90s/early 2000s. The acting is great, the issues raised interesting, and it all results in a satisfying ending.

The only minor criticism for me is that, made by MTV as it is, there are moments through the film where it just feels like an extended music video. And I can’t get over that Fatima re-used a chair dance move from a Backstreet Boys video.

But, other than that, I could watch this over and over.

Rating: 4/5.