Save the Last Dance

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Save The Last Dance is a 2001 film about a white midwestern girl who moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past. The film parallels Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Directed by Thomas Carter. Written by Duane Adler and Cheryl Edwards.
The Only Person You Need To Be Is Yourself.

Sara Johnson[edit]

  • You know Snook, you talk a lot of shit for someone who never says anything.
  • You know what? Derek and I like each other and if you have a problem with that, then screw you.
  • We spend more time defending our relationship than actually having one.
  • [to her dad] It's not that I hate you, it's just that I miss her.

Derek Reynolds[edit]

  • You can do it. Sara, you were born to do it.
  • Ain't nobody watchin' you but me.
  • Let's put some S-E-X in those H-I-Ps!

Chenille Reynolds[edit]

  • They call him Snooky because Fool was taken.
  • Too many little boys thinkin' they are thugs.
  • You can't help who you love, Derek, you're not supposed to.


Chenille: Quit it, Nikki.
Nikki: Excuse me, I ain't walkin' on eggshells just 'cause you brought the Brady Bunch to the negro club.
Sara: Then you must be in the wrong spot because I'm pretty sure there aren't any negroes here.
Chenille: Ooh!

Nikki: It ain't over, bitch.
Sara: I don't even know why it started, bitch.

Sara: [about Malaki] So you're not down with the things he does, but you're still down with him? That makes perfect sense. I understand.
Derek: He's my friend, Sara. You don't have to understand.

Derek: "Stepps" ain't no square dance.
Sara: That's ok, I'll dance in circles, probably around you.

Sara: There's only one world, Chenille.
Chenille: That's what they teach you. We know different.

Chenille: You need to take off that 5th grade dance lookin' top.
Sara: Its from The Gap!
Chenille: Its country and you look country in it!

Snookie: I'm free Saturday night.
Chenille: Why, is your hand busy?

Derek: Do you get along with your dad? You tight and shit?
Sara: Yeah, we're tight and shit. Our DNA matches.

Sara: Asshole.
Chenille: Who? Because in this crowd you're going to have to be a bit more specific.

Sara: Screw you. I'm brilliant and cool.
Derek: You're not quite there yet.

Kenny: How you doin'?
Chenille: Why don't you ask how your son is doing? That's a line you haven't tried in a while.
Kenny: Why you always gotta jump off on me like that?
Chenille: Why you gotta be like you are?
Kenny: Ah, come on, you know you wanna dance with me. That's what you came here for, to yell at me, and to dance with me.


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