Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 26, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Save the Last Dance

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
112 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/12/01
performer
Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Terry Kinney, Fredro Starr, Kerry Washington
director
Thomas Carter
Producers
Cort/Madden Productions
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Duane Adler
genre
Drama, musical, Comedy

We gave it an C-

Clean, conservative, Footloose-style 1980s teenage sexuality is back in this wan, formulaic Romeo and Juliet story in which girl (Julia Stiles) meets boy (Sean Patrick Thomas) on the club dance floor, and hip-hop their way to maturity. They both learn that you should never give up on your dreams and that love is all you need, but the story is afraid to pump up the volume on compelling issues of interracial romance. C-

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