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They say white men can't jump...or dance! Well, this movie proves them wrong, on the dancing part anyway.
I seriously dreaded having to go see this movie because it's just something I am not interested in. Tyler Gage is a punk ass white boy who has grown up on the streets, and thinks he is destined to a life there forever to become just another ghetto statistic. Tyler's brush with law for stealing cars gets him community service at the prestigious "Maryland School of Arts" where he meets Nora, the school's extremely talented ballerina. Poor Nora's dance partner was injured he broke his leg and is not able to participate in the school's hyped up "Senior Showcase".
Nora accidentally sees Tyler from the school window joking with his friends poking fun at her dancing then starts to show off some of his own raw moves, leaving her jam dropped. Who knew! After a humorous bout of talent-less auditions Nora is about to lose hope, when Tyler offers to help. She immediately shuns him, but as he goes to leave she's says "Ok, catch me." He catches her in a way that makes her gasp, and then it's on. As they start to train together they of course clash like water and oil until the sparks begin to fly, their chemistry together was amazing.
R&B singer Mario (song – "You Should Let Me Love You") plays Tyler's friend at the snotty art school. I did like how different from each other these characters were (even though it's been done already countless times before), and even though I shake it like a white girl, this movie made you want to get up and shake your tail feather. It teaches the moral lesson of how you need to work hard, push yourself to do your best, and always believe in yourself.
I didn't like how you knew every turn this movie was going to take. You knew they were going to get together, you knew how this movie was going to end.
All of the people in this movie were very talented, I couldn't do a 1/4 of what they do. The dancers' flawless routines made it look so damn easy even though we all know it's anything but. I really enjoyed this movie and think even though it is marketed towards a younger audience, I saw plenty of adults like myself sit there mesmerized by this film. I have to give this film at least 3 1/2 cans out of 5.
Added: Thursday, September 21, 2006
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