Take the Lead starring Antonio Banderas.
We’ve seen this story before in different variations. Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep comes immediately to mind, only that was about students who learned to play the violin. Mad Hot Ballroom was a 2005 DVD documentary about inner city 11-year-olds learning to ballroom dance.
Take the Lead is about troubled NYC students in detention learning to ballroom dance. "Inspired by a true story" (as this film claims to be) can mean anything in Hollywood lingo. I’ve seen a few Hallmark movies that were "inspired" by novels I’ve read, and the only things that resembled the books were the movie titles and a few character names.
I did enjoy this movie. There isn’t a very deep plot going on here nor, for that matter, deep characterization. You’ll want to watch it for the dancing. Banderas was believable as a ballroom dance instructor, and of course, his accent is lovely to listen to. I don’t recall a lot of bad language. I’m not saying there wasn’t some, but my mind didn’t take it in. Thus, I must believe it was mild or I simply tuned it out.
As much as I enjoy the ballroom dance movies (Dance with Me, Strictly Ballroom, and Shall We Dance, to name a few more) and (guilty confession) TV’s Dancing with the Stars, maybe I should consider signing up for some ballroom dance lessons. Hmm. That’ll have to be after my schedule smooths out a bit.
I’m happy to report that my writing went well yesterday and I’m hoping for a repeat of the same today. I’m trying not to focus on everything I have yet to do but to focus instead on just what needs done today. One step at a time, one day at a time. And worrying accomplishes nothing except to twist my brain into a useless pretzel.