`Take the Lead' script can't keep up with its steps

Review C

April 07, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Put the tango in To Sir, With Love, and you've got Take the Lead, a story of a dedicated teacher struggling to get through to a bunch of societal outcasts that gets by mainly on the undeniable charisma of star Antonio Banderas.

The movie is based very loosely on the story of Pierre Dulaine. His seemingly quixotic determination to teach ballroom dancing to New York students led to the city's Dancing Classroom program, which has introduced thousands of kids to the rumba and waltz and was profiled in the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom.

Take the Lead (New Line Cinema) Starring Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta. Directed by Liz Friedlander. Rated PG-13. Time 108 minutes.

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