Take the Lead

Take the Lead
Take the Lead
  • PG-13
  • 1h 58m
  • 2006
Rotten43%
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Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro) plays a former professional dancer who volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system. When his ballroom 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 in the musical drama Take The Lead. Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard (Miss Evers' Boys, "Desperate Housewives") plays the school principal.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten43%
Critics Consensus: Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable.
Reviews
Time Out
Anna Smith
Fresh

While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the do...

January 29, 2019
BBC.com
Stella Papamichael
Rotten

A scattering of dance sequences that fuse hip-hop and classical beats provide a few shots of energ...

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

it's just ridiculous, it's just ridiculous. One cliché right after another. Not for one second did...

January 29, 2019
Salon.com
Stephanie Zacharek
Fresh

While we may be able to pretty much guess everything that's going to happen in Take the Lead, its...

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
NYC high schoolers saved by ballroom dancing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes some images of violence, as well as references to painful past deaths (two kids' siblings were killed in gang violence). A frustrated boy smashes his principal's car with a bar; a gun is drawn near the film's end, and a crew who deals drugs and stolen materials beats up their reluctant member (some blood visible on his face, as he finally makes it to the ballroom competition). The dancing is sometimes very formal, often very sexualized (especially the tango, salsa, and hip-hop moves). Characters deal drugs, threaten violence, smoke cigarettes, and drink.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 7, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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