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Center Stage

Center Stage
Center Stage
Center Stage
  • PG-13
  • 1h 56m
  • 2000
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The American Ballet Company is not for the fainthearted, it's for the most gifted and beautiful ballet dancers alive. But you'll need more than mere physical prowess and determination to succeed. You'll need to deliver the goods at Center Stage. Jonathan Reeves (Peter Gallagher, American Beauty), the ballet company's owner is evaluating this young tight-knit group of students as they face the growing pains of their ambitions, romances and heartbreaks which prove to be both invigorating and difficult. The results are a celebration of beauty, bodies, and ballet.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Viewers willing to sit through soapy plot contrivances to see some excellent dancing might enjoy Center Stage; for everyone else, there's still always Fame.
Emanuel Levy

Assuming that every generation needs its own dance film, Hytner revists the turf of films like Turning Point (classic ballet), Chrous Line (Broadway dancing) and Saturday Night Fever (disco) and blends together their themes and persona to little effect.

June 21, 2017
Palo Alto Weekly
Susan Tavernetti

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that one dancer collapses in tears from an injury. The movie depicts the intense pressure that women dancers are under to achieve an ideal body type; no mention is made of the similar pressures that afflict their male colleagues. One of the male dancers is gay. The star ballerina is under plenty of parental pressure and suffers from bulimia. The head of the ballet school married one of his students (despite a substantial age gap). One f-word and some mild bathroom and sexual language. Jodie and her under-age buddies go out drinking and end up with serious hangovers (a "problem" that's played for laughs). Many of the dancers smoke. Maureen's mom pushes her constantly to "be the best." Jodie has sex with the male star dancer, who sleeps around. A Russian student dances torridly with an older woman he picks up in a salsa club. An off-color joke about a mouse having its way with an elephant is lame and unnecessary. A sexual pas-de-deux involves some writhing around on a bed, and Jodi strips down to a costume that looks like a bra and panties.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 12, 2000
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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