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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:34 am 
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Review in the SF Chronicle of the new Antonio Banderas ballroom film.

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Ruthe Stein, Mick LaSalle, Joel Selvin, John McMurtrie, G. Allen Johnson, Joe Brown

Friday, April 7, 2006

...Still the dance numbers are spectacular, and the idea that one person can make a difference is stirring. If you want to be further inspired, rent "Music of the Heart," a far better movie on a similar subject with Meryl Streep in the Banderas role of someone who deeply cares about kids from the hood, and a violin stepping in for the two-step.


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Antonio Banderas Turns Unruly High Schoolers Into Dancers in 'Take the Lead'
by STEPHEN HOLDEN for the New York Times

The crucial difference between this terpsichorean pop fairy tale and its dozens of screen predecessors is that "Take the Lead" goes out of its way to put hip-hop culture on an equal artistic footing with traditional pop music and dance. Athletic, beat-charged dancing, it insists, is as challenging as the tango, rumba, fox trot, merengue and waltz.

published: April 7, 2006
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'Take the Lead' Trips Over Its Two Left Feet
Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
Friday, April 7, 2006; Page WE40


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"Take the Lead" is based on the true story of Pierre Dulaine, a professional dancer who started a ballroom-dance program in New York City elementary schools that serves thousands of kids. The success of this endeavor was chronicled in last year's gritty, charming documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom." "Take the Lead" is the Hollywood version, putting Antonio Banderas's Dulaine in a predominantly African American high school, where raging hormones battle with drugs, crime and poverty for control of the students' lives.

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Take the Lead (12A)
by ANTHONY QUINN for the Independent

If your idea of a treat is Fame meets Strictly Ballroom, then knock yourself out.

published: April 14, 2006
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Strictly dumb prancing
by DAVID GRITTEN for the Daily Telegraph

Take the Lead, in which a scowling bunch of young hip-hop aficionados are introduced to the delights of ballroom dancing, derails the genre at a stroke. All the clichés are here, but so is an unwelcome whiff of cynicism that kills the film stone dead.

published: April 14, 2006
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Take the Lead (12A)
by NICHOLAS BARBER for the Independent

In reality, Dulaine set up dance classes at elementary schools, not high schools, and his students never added hip-hop moves to the foxtrot. To see the actual effects of his work, rent the delightful documentary, Mad Hot Ballroom.

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