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Inspired by a true story, internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine volunteers to teach in the New York City public school system. But when his classic methods clash with his students' hip hop instincts, he teams up with them to create a new style of dance and becomes their mentor in the process.
Drama - This drama set in an inner city high school may look strictly for
teens and young adults, but all audiences should appreciate and
enjoy this film, thanks to the energetic ballroom dancing and star
PROFANITY: 6 S-words, 3 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A few punches and hits; little to no blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some wisecracks and physical humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average It's 'Dangerous Minds' with dancing. That's the sinking feeling I got while watching 'Take the Lead', one of the year's most uninspired inspirational stories.
Roger EbertFull Review Good The film is more fable than record, and more wishful thinking than a plan of action.
USA TodayFull Review Average Antonio Banderas dancing the tango is something worth seeing, especially for the over-25 and female members of the audience.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 223 moviegoers:OUTSTANDING OPINIONS FROM EVERYONE! These opinions are exactly what I expected from this incredible movie. These opinions cry out GO SEE "TAKE THE LEAD." If you want to see a heartwarming, feel-good, funny movie DON'T MISS "TAKE THE LEAD."
Inspired by the true story of Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas), an inspirational Manhattan dance teacher and competitor who volunteers his time to teach ballroom dancing to a diverse group of New York inner-city high school students serving detention.
The students are initially skeptical of Dulaine, especially when they learn what he's there to teach them, but his unwavering commitment and dedication slowly inspire them to embrace his program. In fact, they even take it one step further and combine Dulaine's classical dance with their unique hip-hop style and music to create a high-energy, unique fusion. As Dulaine becomes a mentor for his students, many of whom haven't had much to strive towards in their lives, he inspires them to hone their craft for a prestigious city ballroom competition, and in return they share with each other valuable lessons about pride, respect and honor.