Review: Save the Last Dance
by Jace Clayton
It's no secret that suburban white kids comprise hip-hop's largest audience. MTV Film's Save the Last Dance reflects this reality.
Last Dance is a lightweight teen drama/romance about a Vermont ballerina in Chicago's South Side. Julia Stiles plays Sara, the promising young dancer dealing with her mother's sudden death and her relocation to Chicago to live with her jazz-cat father in a predominantly black neighborhood.
Love in the Air
Here Sara meets Chenille (Kerry Washington) and her brainy brother Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), who also happens to be a skillful hip-hop and step dancer. A natural attraction emerges between the high schoolers. With Derek's guidance, Sara sets out to unleash her inner sistah—and possibly to revive dreams of Juilliard now that she's received the funk injection.
MTV is known for complex, often provocative imagery, none of which lingers onscreen long enough to make an impact. The same can be said of
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