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Center Stage


Follow a group of ballet students in the competitive world of professional dance where they must devote themselves to their art with the rigor of Olympic athletes.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that one dancer collapses in tears from an injury. The movie depicts the intense pressure that women dancers are under to achieve an ideal body type; no mention is made of the similar pressures that afflict their male colleagues. One of the male dancers is gay. The star ballerina is under plenty of parental pressure and suffers from bulimia. The head of the ballet school married one of his students (despite a substantial age gap). One f-word and some mild bathroom and sexual language. Jodie and her under-age buddies go out drinking and end up with serious hangovers (a "problem" that's played for laughs). Many of the dancers smoke. Maureen's mom pushes her constantly to "be the best." Jodie has sex with the male star dancer, who sleeps around. A Russian student dances torridly with an older woman he picks up in a salsa club. An off-color joke about a mouse having its way with an elephant is lame and unnecessary. A sexual pas-de-deux involves some writhing around on a bed, and Jodi strips down to a costume that looks like a bra and panties.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the high-pressure life of a professional dancer.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: In terms of story and characters, this film pirouettes into the orchestra pit.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Unfortunately, in between the dance sequences, the actors are allowed to talk. This is a problem.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I like that this dance movie boasts several full-length performances of imaginative pieces, not just heavily cut snippets. Amanda Schull is a bit dull as an actress, and how does Jody know that Cooper won't recant his offer if she doesn't sleep with him? Zoe Saldana is brassy and tough.

- aliceinpunderland, Tuesday, July 27, 2010

0 star

I remember almost nothing about this.

- FilmFanatik, Tuesday, February 23, 2010

3 stars

This was my sister's favorite movie for the longest time, so if it wasn't for her I probably would have never seen this movie. So with that said, it is engaging and a good storyline. Everything you would expect from a typical teen drama film though.

- fb729949618, Monday, October 31, 2011