Saturday Mini-Review: Take the Lead

Saturday, July 29, 2006

To Sir With Love (IMDB Rating: 7.5) meets Strictly Ballroom (IMDB: 7.1), with Antonio Banderas as Sydney Poitier, and the hilarity ensues. Or think of it as Stand and Deliver (IMDB: 7.2) moved to New York and set to hokey music. Doesn't work either way. Consider it to be proof positive that 7 plus 7 sometimes equals 3. The best that can be said is that this version of the Sydney character is so wooden that there's little scope for Banderas's usual arrogance. But watch any of the other three movies if you've never seen them, they're all truly great.