Take the Lead Movie Review Summary

Actors: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Dante Basco, John Ortiz

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Pierre Dulain (Antonio Banderas) is a professional ballroom dance instructor, running a very upscale series of dance classes. On his way home from a dance recital one night, he sees a young African-American man,Rock played by Rob Brown, damaging a car (later finds out the car belongs to his high school principal). The next day Pierre goes to Rock's high school and requests a job from the principal to help the students. Annoyed, the principal places Pierre in charge of the detention class held in the school basement. Pierre wastes no time in letting the students know that his intention is to teach them ballroom dancing. He is not surprised to see Rob amongst the bunch of rejects. LaRhette (Yaya Dacosta) another detention student is Rob's enemy due to problems their brothers had in the past that left eachother dead.
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On the other side of town, one of Pierre's richer student finds herself in a bind when she finds herself having to prepare for the social event of the year.She doesn't seem to be getting the steps right and becomes frustrated. At first Pierre has a hard time getting all parties to cooperate but then with a bit of threatening (with ballroom music that is) and some monetary incentive, the group decide to put their best foot forward and prepare for an upcoming city wide ballroom dancing contest. By combining Pierre's ballroom style with their ecclectic hip hop style, the group design a new style of dancing.By the end of the film, Rock and LaRhette realize they have more in common than they realized, Pierre's uptown student finds friendship in the form of downtown students, and the groups dancing gets them recognized by many.
The review of this Movie prepared by Christina R.

    A Manhattan ballroom teacher and competitor Pierre Dulaine who voluntarily spends his time to teach ballroom dancing to a group high school kids of New York inner city. The kids where forced to participate in ballroom dancing as a form of detention. But the kids refused to participate in ballroom dancing.
    They were eventually was inspired by Mr. Dulaine's efforts, dedication and his commitment to his work as a ballroom dance teacher. The kids start leaning ballroom dance and mixed it with their own hip-hop style. Also the kids subconsciously learned precious lessons of life about respect, pride, honor and self-esteem.

The review of this Movie prepared by Faiza Iqtidar

Script Analysis of Take the Lead

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   dancer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor    -   dancer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing    -   lot of singing and dancing

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