Reviewed by: Doug Stuart
|Featuring||Julia Stiles, Kerry Washington, Sean Patrick Thomas, Bianca Lawson, Fredro Starr|
|Producer||David Madden, Robert W. Cort|
“The only person you need to be is yourself.”
Sermon after sermon in youth groups all over the country preach: don’t go to clubs! Stay away from that lifestyle! it’s not worth it! While I agree in most cases, “Save the Last Dance” points out two things in a scenario like this. In one aspect, Sarah is unafraid to walk into an environment she is not used to and communicate with those whom she has nothing in common. And on the other hand, I saw a glimpse of how much we really don’t miss by living that lifestyle.
Sarah is a white girl who grew up in a single-parent home, raised by her mother, whom she was very close to. Ballet was her life, and her mother was there for her all the time. In a sequence of flashbacks, we learn that for a major audition, her mother rushed to be there for her, but was killed in a car accident. After that, ballet brought back bad memories.
Once she moved in with her father in the city, she started attending a mostly-black high school, and fit in fairly quickly, meeting friends who were willing to show her how to dance hip-hop style. Derek and Sarah grow fond of each other throughout the course of the movie, and begin a relationship together.
The offensiveness in the movie was from the sensual dancing and dance club lifestyle that makes up much of our young society together. Profanity was heavy, though not extreme. As in all movies, there are many things to point out that we need to avoid, such as integrity (they get fake ID cards to enter the dance club), honesty (Sarah struggles to be open with Derek), and love (she and her father struggle to learn to live with each other).
Not for young teens, as can make the dance club scene look tempting and desirable. If you can stand the obscenities and understand the cultural change Sarah went through, you will enjoy this wonderful story. If those types of lifestyles are very offensive to you, don’t waste your money. Personally, it was uplifting and thought-provoking.