Jenna Dewan Tatum,
An aspiring ballerina from a wealthy family learns some lessons about both dancing and life from a r... read moreoughneck with soul in this teen drama. Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a rough section of Baltimore, and has been in and out of trouble with the law most of his life. Finding himself before the judge yet again, Tyler is sentenced to 200 hours of community service, and he ends up mopping floors at the Maryland School of the Arts. Tyler catches the eye of Nora (Jenna Dewan), a gifted ballet student who is trying to incorporate hip-hop moves into her classical routines. None of Nora's fellow students seem to be on the same page as her, but Tyler is a talented street dancer with strength, moves, and enthusiasm. Despite the misgivings of the school's administrators, Nora persuades Tyler to team up with her for a major class project. Tyler gains a new self-respect as he gives in to the discipline of the dance academy, but he wonders if this new opportunity means turning his back on who he really is. Matters become all the more complicated when Tyler and Nora realize they're falling in love. Step Up was the first directorial credit for choreographer Anne Fletcher, who designed dance routines for the films Bring It On, She's All That, and Boogie Nights. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
A ludicrous film about some of the worst dancing scenes ever recorded. A miserable attempt at film making.
Reviewed 10 months days ago
. Channing Tatum is an amazing dancing. Loved all the main characters.
Reviewed 18 months days ago
I think both Channing and Jenna are more handsome and beautiful than that Adam and Briana, also the dancing scenes and the music are also better then 2, that's all I have to say.
Rob Brown (VI),
Brandon D. Andrews,
Anna Demitrie Melamed
A teacher and his students open up new worlds for one another in this urban drama inspired by a true... read more story. Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) is a prize-winning ballroom dancer and instructor from Manhattan who volunteers his services to a high school in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the Bronx. Principal Augustine James (Alfre Woodard) in turn gives Dulaine a tough assignment -- a detention class with some of the biggest troublemakers on campus. When the kids learn that Dulaine intends to teach them how to dance in the classic style, they're incredulous at best and dismissive at worst -- until Dulaine demonstrates his moves for the class. While Dulaine's charges -- including Rock (Rob Brown), LaRhette (Yaya DaCosta), Ramos (Dante Basco), Eddie (Marcus T. Paulk), and Sasha (Jenna Dewan) -- respect his talent, they have their own way of dancing, and as they mix hip-hop moves with ballroom discipline, they create an exciting new style. Dulaine also strives to instill self-confidence and a work ethic in his kids, insisting they can make their way out of the ghetto if they're willing to try. Screenwriter Dianne Houston based Take the Lead on the real-life story of Pierre Dulaine, who taught dance as a volunteer to at-risk students at New York elementary schools. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this roman... read moretic drama. In 1963, "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is a 17-year-old spending the summer with her family at a resort hotel in the Catskills; she plans on being in the Peace Corps next summer, so this is expected to be her last summer as a carefree adolescent. Baby doesn't get along with her older sister, Lisa (Jane Brucker), and she's bored to tears by most of the older guests at the resort. However, one night Baby hears what sounds like a party going on in the employee's dormitory, and she pokes her head in to discover most of the hotel staff enjoying the sort of close dancing that would get you kicked out of the senior prom in no time flat. Baby is particularly struck by handsome Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a dancer in the resort's floor show, and falls head over heels in love, wanting to be near him. When Johnny's dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby's father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Jerry Orbach), will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life and that his daughter is too young to understand her own feelings. Dirty Dancing was a surprise box-office hit, and the soundtrack album was an even bigger success, spawning several hit singles and inspiring a top-drawing concert tour featuring several of its artists. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
acting may be flawed and the whole dance flick being more of a romance when overshadowing the good dancing, the finale is what bring the film's level up, making this another 80s dancing party an enjo
Reviewed 19 days days ago
4 1/2 stars!
I love Dirty Dancing! It truly is a classic! The music and the dancing is great! So cute and brilliant!
Reviewed 41 days days ago
. I just don't really get dancing movies at all. The cast does a decent job, and the story isn't the worst I've ever seen, bu
Sean Patrick Thomas,
In this romantic drama, two teenagers in love struggle to look past their differences. After the une... read morexpected death of her mother, Sarah Johnson (Julia Stiles) moves to Chicago to live with her father. Knowing no one at her new school and not at home in a gritty, inner-city high school, Sarah has trouble adjusting, but she soon becomes friends with Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), who has talent and street smarts but a checkered past. Sarah was an avid student of ballet before her mother's death sidelined her studies, while Derek has some serious hip-hop moves, and their mutual love of dance leads their friendship into something deeper. However, since Sarah is white and Derek is black, they have more to contend with than the average high school couple; Sarah gets static from Nikki (Bianca Lawson), Derek's former girlfriend, while Derek has to deal with his friend Malakai (Fredro Starr), who is still deep in the thug life Derek is trying to avoid. Save the Last Dance was directed by Thomas Carter, who previously examined the sociopolitical side of dancing in Swing Kids. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
A stupid dancing expearince hated it so dang much A flat story, Moron charaters and just dumb dance sequences
Reviewed 29 days days ago
. This one has a good story outside the dancing, being about an aspiring ballerina whose mother dies, leaving her to live with her father sh
Reviewed 7 months days ago
kinda corny, but love anything with singing and dancing
Not a sequel, not really a prequel, sort of a remake, more of a re-imagining, Dirty Dancing: Havana ... read moreNights follows the blossoming love affair of young couple Katey (Romola Garai) and Javier (Diego Luna) against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Katey is an American girl living in Cuba with her parents who meets Javier, a local. Javier takes Katey to a nightclub where he teaches her how to dance dirty Cuban-style. The two grow closer and closer, but when Castro takes over, Katey's parents decide to flee for the U.S., leaving Katey to make the ultimate decision. Tying the film together with the classic 1987 original is Patrick Swayze who reprises the role of Johnny Castle in a cameo. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Not as good as the orignal but still pretty good. I like Dancing movies.
Reviewed 12 months days ago
Dirty Dancing is better, but i still love this one...
Adam G. Sevani
Director Jon M. Chu takes the helm for this Step Up sequel set at the Maryland School for the Arts a... read morend following the journey of a rebellious street dancer who struggles to fit in at the prestigious school. Andie (Briana Evigan) may show great promise as a dancer, but she just can't seem to let go of her old life and get a fresh start. With Baltimore's hottest underground dance contest looming on the horizon, Andie joins forces with top dancer Chase (Robert Hoffman) while simultaneously helping to sharpen the skills of her outcast classmates. Perhaps if Andie, Chase, and their talented team of misfit dancers can earn the top slot at The Streets, the troubled new arrival can finally make her dreams a reality while also letting go of the past, and bounding confidently forward into the future. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Dancing was great, plot lagged and was a predictable sequel to a blockbuster
Reviewed 11 months days ago
. The only things I liked about this movie was most of the dancing and Channing Tatum's cameo... Thats it.
I also have another problem with this movie and it
Reviewed 19 months days ago
. I loved the dancing and the cast. I'm definitely buying this on video.
Darrin Dewitt Henson,
Brian J. White
A young man finds that the moves he learned on the street may help him make a better life for himsel... read moref in this youth-oriented musical drama. DJ Williams (Columbus Short) is a 19-year-old growing up in Los Angeles; while DJ is at heart a good kid and a gifted street dancer, he runs with a dangerous crowd, and one night an underground dance competition turns into a brawl and DJ ends up in jail. DJ's younger brother has already died a violent death, and his mother, hoping to put him back on the straight and narrow, sends DJ off to Truth University, a historically African-American college in Atlanta. At first, DJ feels like a misfit at Truth, but when he gets a chance to show off his dancing skills, he attracts the attention of two campus fraternities. Greek life is a major presence at Truth, and each year the fraternities take part in a "stepping" competition, in which the members show off their synchronized dance moves. DJ joins the ONO house, and is eager to help them take the championship away from their campus rivals, but in time he also comes to understand the brotherhood and community service that's a key part of his fraternity's background. DJ also has more on his mind than dancing and studying when he meets April (Meagan Good), a beautiful coed. Produced under the title Steppin', Stomp the Yard also stars Ne-Yo, Brian J. White, and Jermaine Williams. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
se my Italian husband to another part of African American culture and he came away from the theater dancing his butt off! I love dancing movies ad so does hubby so we liked this one together. I heard
Reviewed 22 months days ago
The dancing (I mean stomping!) was fantastic, but the story line was seriously lacking!!!
Reviewed 23 months days ago
just like any other dancing movie i had seen it all before nothing remotely new.
Susan May Pratt,
In this emotional drama, a team of young dancers are competing for places in a prestigious dance tro... read moreupe. The dancers have to deal with the ups and downs of trying to find their place in the world, even as their profession also places an enormous physical and psychological challenge before them. They train with the rigor of championship athletes, and like most aspiring athletes, they know that only a tiny number of them will achieve the goal they've set for themselves. Director Nicholas Hytner) cast young dancers and athletes as his aspiring terpsichoreans, including Ilia Kulik, an Olympic gold medalist in figure skating; the cast also includes Peter Gallagher as the leader of the dance troupe, Susan May Pratt, Amanda Schull, Eion Bailey, Debra Monk, and Sascha Radetsky. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Terrible acting (by actual dancers) great dancing and music....still very entertaining story. I always enjoy this movie.
Reviewed 12 months days ago
. Anything that is about dancing I usually like and this movie was one of them.
Reviewed 2 years days ago
Very good, love the stoy line and the dancing is cool