CAST

Julia Stiles
Sean Patrick Thomas
Kerry Washington
Fredo Starr
Terry Kinney
Bianca Lawson
Vince Green
Garland Whitt
DIRECTED BY

Thomas Carter
PURCHASE

Movie
Soundtrack
Book
Poster
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"You know what? Derek and I like each other and if you have a problem with that, then screw you."
Time: 112 mins.
Rating: PG-13
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Genre: Romance/Drama/High School
CAPSULE REVIEW –– A high school version of FLASHDANCE with race, instead of class, being the main romantic challenge. Stiles plays a ballet dancer forced to come to terms with life on the other side of the tracks after her mother's accidental death shatters her once perfect existence. Now, she must face her new life, living with a father she barely knows and attending a school where she is the minority. Derick (Thomas), her new best friend's college-bound brother, takes her nerdy white ass under his wing and teaches her how to dance hip-hop. Their lessons are innocent at first, but they come to develop true feelings for each other. He even convinces her to go after her dream of getting into Julliard on a ballet scholarship. Their relationship displeases all of their friends who are tired of losing decent black men to white girls. There's a whole other sub-plot about Derek turning his back on his friends who have chosen crime over a straight future, that brings nothing new to the race dialogue. It adds seriousness to the plot, but doesn't have a place in a story about finding love in unacceptable places. Stiles and Thomas have good chemistry, especially on the dance floor, capturing their characters honest urgency and desperate dreams. It's a love story based on friendship and mutual respect, something rarely seen in a teen drama. A decent, if uninspired effort.