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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids. view Take the Lead on imdb view Take the Lead on wikipedia

In New York, the polite dance instructor Pierre Dulaine sees a black teenager vandalizing the car of the director of a public school and on the next day he volunteers to teach dance to students to give respect, dignity, self-confidence, trust and teamwork. The reluctant director Augustine James offers the troublemakers that are in detention expecting Pierre to give-up of his intentions. Pierre struggles against the prejudice and ignorance of the students, parents and other teachers, but wins his battle when the group accepts to compete in a ballroom dance contest. Written byClaudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Review 1:

Attended a premiere of the film yesterday without knowing anything about it, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Along the lines of similar films regarding inner city schools and the use of fine arts to motivate students, this film chooses dance as its educational medium. It provides a realistic examination of true life in the New York public school system, and of New York City in general...no "Sex and the City" or "Friends" glamor here. I applaud this film for its casting of Antonio Banderas as the teacher who really cares for his student's lives in a world of despair. He does a great job conveying the inner struggle of a person who yearns to offer their help despite limited resources and support. Meanwhile, the students that make up his class are relative unknowns, but all are fantastic dancers with acting skills to match.

Even if you are not a fan of either Hip Hop/Rap or Ballroom/Jazz/Ballroom styles of music and dance, this film will have your foot tapping and imagination wandering..."maybe after some lessons, I could dance like that". Both worlds are depicted with accuracy and realism, allowing followers of either genre to spy on the other.

For parents looking for the suitability of this film for their children, I would say the minimum age should be 13-ish. Other than the odd curse word or gun play, there is not much else to worry about. The benefits and moral lessons taught by this film far outweigh the negative aspects.

If you've ever secretly wanted to join a dance class, this film will (hopefully) push you past your fears and have you dancing in no time.

Review 2:

I saw this film on March 28th, 2006 in Indianapolis. I am one of the 
 judges for the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award. A 
 Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically 
 expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland 
 gave that award to this film.
 
 The setting is a rundown high school in a poor minority neighborhood in 
 Manhatten. The students have a challenging family environment. Their 
 parents are depicted as mostly unemployed and drunks, drug users, 
 prostitutes, and low-lifes. Their children reflect this environment. 
 They hide their low self esteem with bravura, petty crimes, slang, 
 rudeness, indifference and, above all, their love of hip-hop music.
 
 By accident and fate, Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) walks into the 
 Principal's office. He is challenged to work with the 
 worst of the students as a volunteer in the detention hall after 
 school. Pierre is an ex-professional ballroom dancer and runs a 
 ballroom dancing school. He decides to get to the kids with ballroom 
 dancing. His competition is hip-hop music and hip-hop dancing and the 
 ghetto, chip-on-the-shoulder attitudes.
 
 Pierre tackles his assignment with presence. He is impeccably dressed, 
 polite, and exudes intensity and confidence. Over time and with 
 difficulty, he starts to bring the troubled teens up to his level. He 
 never goes down to their level. And then he challenges the teens with a 
 city-wide ballroom dance contest, and the story takes off.
 
 Pierre attempts to give hope to the students by having them make good 
 choices. Pierre's tools are his own spirit, grace, sacrifice and charm. 
 He wills his way into getting respect from the students. 
 
 The film has the same inspirational feel as "Mad Hot Ballroom" but is 
 much different. This film is fiction and about older students and is 
 much more edgy and brutal.
 
 While the film is occasionally edgy and dark, the music and dance makes 
 this strangely a light and entertaining watch for most of the time. And 
 the music and dance are eclectic – from Gershwin to 50 Cents and from 
 Tango to slow motion Breakdance.
 
 FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a 
 listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either 
 at the theater or available on video.

Review 3:

First off, let me say this. You've seen this film a million times before. From the 'Black Board Jungle' from the 50's, to 'To Sir With Love' in the 60's, 'Dangerous Minds' and 'Sister Act 2' in the 90's, the formula is exactly the same. Well meaning teacher, or non-teacher (usually Caucasian) goes into the inner city to help mold the lives of the usual assortment of troubled kids who just want to be noticed and loved. On a side note, I find it amazing that Hollywood continues year after year to make the same film over and over again. Come to think of it, I really shouldn't be surprise. It is Hollywood after all, the land of originality. But back to my review. After having said all that, and knowing within my head that I've seen this story done so many times, I have to admit I really enjoyed the film. Don't ask me why. Maybe it was the mood I was in. I definitely wanted to see something light and breezy, because the rest of my day would be pretty hectic. Somehow the film affected me in unexpected ways. I tend to be an idealist, and freely admit that I'm the perfect sucker for this type of film.

My recommendation is for you to go and experience this film. Don't expect to see the finest film ever made. Just go in and let it wash over you. You'll be surprised.

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