It's Dangerous Minds with dancing. That's the sinking feeling I got while watching Take the Lead, one of the year's most uninspired inspirational stories. Culled from the real-life experiences of Pierre Dulaine (Banderas), Take the Lead warps and sanitizes these facts until they adhere rigorously to the rules of the genre. There are no surprises. Everything, from the truncated arc of the least important subplot to the main storyline, follows the expected trajectory. This isn't so much a motion picture as it is a lesson in how to force-feed every aspect of cinema into a formula.
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