Take the Lead: Kerry Hayes
EW Staff
February 10, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Take the Lead

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
117 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/07/06
performer
Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Alfre Woodard
director
Liz Friedlander
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Dianne Houston
genre
musical, Drama

We gave it a D+

Antonio Banderas hoofs it as Pierre Dulaine, the real-life ballroom-dance instructor who shows inner-city New York kids some fancy steps. ”It’s a traditional story — a guy walks into a school and makes a big difference,” says first-time feature director Liz Friedlander. Except that it also happens to showcase a sizzling dance craze. ”When we started developing this, people were like, ‘Ballroom dancing? Really?”’ she says. ”Now, hopefully, their appetites have been whet a bit…. If you saw Mad Hot Ballroom and loved the realness of it, and you’ve seen Dancing With the Stars and loved the spectacle, I think we’ve created a good hybrid.” (April 7)

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