A few years ago there was a great documentary called MAD HOT BALLROOM about an inner-city program that taught ballroom dancing to high school kids. TAKE THE LEAD is a fictional film about a similar story. The film has its heart in the right place, but the script is terrible. Scene after scene has characters doing and saying things that would never happen. The film also overstays its welcome by at least half an hour. Antonio Banderas is good; he reminds me of a young Ricardo Montalban here. Alfré Woodard is also good, as are many of the younger cast, although some of the high school students look like they are pushing forty.
Excellent music choices, though.