Save the Last Dance is, in my view, one of the best teen movies of the '00s. It explored racism, gave us some serious #relationshipgoals, is brimming with slick AF dance movies, packs a lot of sass AND taught us how to switch up a 'country' GAP top into a slammin' outfit. Plus the soundtrack, hello! What more could you possibly want.
The plot follows aspiring ballerina Sara (Julia Stiles) as she processes the death of her mother and begins a new life, living with her father in Chicago. Attending a new high school in a predominately black neighborhood, Sara is introduced to Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) and together they work to introduce a hip-hop vibe to her ballet moves. Which, essentially means, it goes from this stiff cringe:
15 years later, the film is still infinitely watchable and stars many famous faces which are still big in the bizz. Such as:
Sara - Julia Stiles
Since 'Save The Last Dance': O, The Bourne Identity, Mona Lisa Smile, The Bourne Supremacy, The Omen, The Bourne Ultimatum, Dexter, Silver Linings Playbook, Blue, The Mindy Project
Best Quote: "That's okay, I'll dance in circles, probably around you."
Derek - Sean Patrick Thomas
Since 'Save The Last Dance': Halloween: Resurrection, Barbershop, The District, The Burrowers, Reaper, American Horror Story, Bones
Best Quote: "Let's put some S-E-X in those H-I-Ps!"
Chenille - Kerry Washington
Since 'Save The Last Dance': Bad Company, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, The Last King of Scotland, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Black Panther, Django Unchained, Scandal
Best Quote: "Slammin'. Slammin' outfit."
Malaki - Fredro Starr
Since 'Save The Last Dance': The Wire, Torque, My Brother, Darling Nikki: The Movie, A Day In The Life, Diamond Ruff. Fredro Starr (real name Fred Scruggs) is better known as an American rapper and member of hardcore hip hop group Onyx.
Best Quote: "This is an A and B conversation, so C yourself out of it."
Roy - Terry Kinney
Since 'Save The Last Dance': The Laramie Project, Runaway, The Unusuals, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, Being Human, Black Box, Fargo, Billions
Best Quote: [Sara: "I just want someone there who loves me."]
"I love you."
Nikki - Bianca Lawson
Since 'Save The Last Dance': Bones, Haunted, Broken, Pretty Little Liars, 2 Broke Girls, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Witches of East End, Rogue, American Horror Story
Best Quote: "Excuse me, I ain't walkin' on egg shells just cause you brought the Brady Bunch to the negro club."