Save the Last Dance 2 Review
By Christopher Null
Turns out it wasn't quite the last dance last time. Izabella Miko (one of the ladies from Coyote Ugly) steps into Julia Stiles' size 0 leotard for this sequel, which has Sara now attending Julliard to become a ballerina... while of course still indulging her passion for hip-hop dancing. She's broken up with Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas in the original) and is now courting a stand-in professor at Julliard (Columbus Short).
All the facets of similar films (from Fame to Center Stage) are here: An evil headmistress (Jacqueline Bisset), a horny roommate (Aubrey Dollar), and endless discussion of how hard it is to be a dancer for a living (no argument there). But the film retreads the original Dance pretty much completely, right down to Sara's interracial romance and her struggle for acceptance in the urban, hip-hop scene. While Miko is a fine (if quirky) actress, she doesn't have the natural, girl-next-door charm of Stiles, though ironically the angular, Polish beauty does make for a more credible ballerina.
DVD extras include a making-of featurette.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 3rd August 2007
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Cast & Crew
Screenwriter: Kwame Nyanning
Starring: Izabella Miko as Sara Johnson, Columbus Short as Miles Sultana, Jacqueline Bisset as Monique Delacroix, Maria Brooks as Katrina, Aubrey Dollar as Zoe, Ian Brennan as Franz, Tre Armstrong as Candy, Seana McKenna as Simone, Diane Fabian as Bella the Pianist, Robert Allan as Paul, Matt Watling as Marcus, Evan Williams as Shane, Brendan Wall as Nigel, Michael Hanrahan as Mr. Stills, Azama Bashir as Ballet Dancer, Mike Spendlove as Theo, Katherine Clarke as Ballet Dancer, Caitlin Cullimore as Ballet Dancer, Ne-Yo as Mixx, Melody Ichimura as Ballet Dancer