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Save The Last Dance

When Sara Johnson (Julia Stiles) moves in with her estranged father after her mother's accidental death, she has to learn some new moves to fit in with her school mates and their hip-hop culture. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Save The Last Dance Rated PG-13?

Overall: C-
An attempt to look at mixed relationships through the eyes of African American characters. Nothing profound is explored; both the acting and writing are average. The language, sex, and violence, as well as the disrespectful attitudes towards the law can hardly be justified by this stereotypical teen romance.

Violence: C
Teens carrying guns; two drive-by shootings; car catches on fire; fist-fighting and kicking during two brawls with minor bleeding injuries; clawing and scratching fight between female characters; male character slaps and threatens two female characters; bloody head of dead woman.

Sexual Content: C-
Implied sexual relationship between two teen characters. Bare backs and shoulders are all that are shown. Male and female teen kiss and begin to undress each other. Man pinches woman’s buttocks, woman responds by grabbing his crotch. Suggestive dance moves and moaning, crotch and buttocks camera shoots, and scantily clad females. Sheer ballet costumes and sensual classical performance. Sexual banter, slang words, and innuendo between characters.

Language: D
Included one sexual expletive, at least 50 moderate and 20 mild profanities, several terms of Deity used as expletives—some by a religious character portrayed as fanatical.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C
Although smoking and drinking were only seen occasionally, and drug use was implied, not shown—this film casually portrays teens purchasing alcohol and attending bars using falsified identification.

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