Julia Stiles Recreates ‘Save The Final Dance’ Within the future of SNL
Info: At the same time as you happen to ever slipped on a leotard and tights within the mid-to-leisurely ’90s, there could be a stable chance you either wished to be delight in Heart Stage‘s Jody Sawyer (or Zoe Saldana‘s Eva Rodriguez, TBH, our vote for the finest goddamn dancer within the American Ballet Academy) or Sara Johnson, the Chicago ballerina with sizable Juilliard goals.
Made throughout Julia Stiles‘ worthwhile teen movie flee (which coincided with her stylish-retelling-of-a-favorite-William–Shakespeare-play share), 2001’s Save the Final Dance—which dropped suburban Sara into an inner city Chicago high college, where she finds esteem with Sean Patrick Thomas‘ Derek—spent two weeks on the high of the sphere place of job, propelling then-Columbia College freshman Stiles to the heights of ubiquity.
She soundless MTV Awards for Top Kiss and Top Female Efficiency and a Teen Different trophy for Top Fight Scene because of the her face-off with her unique guy’s ex (Bianca Lawson) at STEPPS, the need to-wait on membership that ain’t no square dance however is surely lax on regulating false IDs. Stiles also scored a gig web web hosting Saturday Night Stay and a Rolling Stone conceal, the magazine declaring her “the coolest coed.”
Though for all that success and the film’s $27.5 million opening weekend field place of job haul, we’d be remiss if we did now not point to that it feels more than quite problematic when viewed thru a 2024 prism.
Because the Sunless characters battle with poverty, teenage parenthood and gang violence, privileged fish-out-of-water Sara connects with Thomas’ Derek, a senior with Georgetown ambitions who occurs to be the sole Sunless male within the film with a promising future. And when their interracial esteem is challenged, Sara is painted as a sufferer, glossing over the other characters’ very valid red meat with the grief.
However the MTV Films release did gift us with a lot of dance numbers to exercise hours memorizing, a stable soundtrack (Purple‘s “You Fetch Me In sad health,” Ice Dice‘s “You Can Fetch It,” K-Ci and JoJo‘s “Crazy”) and the dear lesson that we could perchance agree with to by no method lunge away our s–t on the ground.
Plus, it launched the area to an unknown Kerry Washington as Derek’s sister Chenille, who challenged Sara when she brushed apart any mention of her inherent white privilege by boldly declaring, “There is finest one world, Chenille.” As Chenille attach it, “That’s what they deliver you. We know completely different.”
So there are a lot of aspects that are smooth slammin’.
And with the anniversary of the Jan. 12 release upon us (and the unique recollections of Stiles’ most up-to-date Saturday Night Live cameo), we’re succesful of mud off our finest STEPPS-unprecedented moves and dance in circles. Doubtlessly around you. Here is the total lot it is doubtless you’ll well perchance agree with forgotten about the 2001 flick.