• Save the Last Dance (2001)

Save the Last Dance

Release Date: January 12th, 2001

DVD Release Date: June 19th, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Sara (Julia Stiles) is moved from a small Midwestern town to the south side of Chicago when her mother dies in a car accident, and must live with her father. She soon falls for an African American teenager (Sean Patrick Thomas) at her new high school and he has less than an idyllic past. They share a love for dance (ballet and hip hop respectively) and together they tackle the problems that go with an interracial relationship.

Cast: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr, Terry Kinney, Bianca Lawson, Vince Green, Garland Whitt

Director: Thomas Carter

Genres: Drama , Romance , Comedy drama

Production Co: MTV Films, Paramount Pictures International, Cort/Madden Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Gritty, 2000s, Inspiring, Death, Forbidden love, Father, Sister, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    While it flirts with "After School Special"-ness, at least has the courage to address racial and cultural cliches with a degree of honesty. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This teenage interracial romance runs hot and cold, sweet and silly, with many more fits than starts.

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Above all, this is a movie where the characters ask the same questions we do: They're as smart about themselves as we are. show more

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