Save The Last Dance
With her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina decimated by the accidental death of her mother, Sara Johnson (Stiles) is forced to move from her quiet Midwestern town to her father's ghetto apartment on the south side of Chicago. The stark urban environment's contrast of race and class compound Sara's loss and her misplaced guilt, which are both exacerbated by the fact that her mother had been en route to her dance performance at the time of her death. But when she meets Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), a popular black student with a passion for hip hop and a future brighter than his troubled past, her repressed ambition and sorrow are released through a revitalized interest in the cathartic and expressive power of dance. Their friendship and mutual interest in dancing inexorably lead to a passionate romance that raises the sadly typical, bigoted resistance from Sara's white father and Derek's black friends.
• Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Terry Kinney, Fredro Starr
• Directed by: Thomas Carter
• YOP: 2001
• Runtime: 108
Save The Last Dance 2
The sequel to the hot movie Save the Last Dance continues in New York as Sarah (Izabella Miko) is one step closer to realising her dreams at Julliard. Her commitment is put to the test as she finds herself torn between her talent for classical dance and her undeniable passion for the urban hip-hop scene - and a smart and sexy musician named Miles (Colombus Short). Pulsing to some of today's hottest hip-hop music and featuring R&B sensation Ne-Yo, it's the long anticipated sequel about heart, hip-hop and finding your place in the world.
• Stars: Izabella Miko, Columbus Short, Jacqueline Bisset
• Directed by: David Petrarca
• YOP: 2006
• Runtime: 87