Save the Last Dance

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Sara gets off from the train and her father asks her how many bags she has, she says that she has two small ones and a big one. But when they walk into their apartment, you can see that she has one small one and two big suitcases.

Continuity mistake: When Sara is getting pushed around by Malakai in the bathroom her hair is all in her face, then when she goes to move it out of her face, it is already back.

Continuity mistake: When Derek and Sara are practicing, her watch is on one hand, but when she sits down the watch is on the other hand, without having enough time for it to be changed.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the scene when Sara and Chenille are walking to the club on the sidewalk, there are two people behind them. When Chenille hands Sara her fake i.d, Sara stops and the people try to walk around them. Yet, two shots after that one, the same two people are far behind them.

Continuity mistake: When Derek and Sara are waiting for the bus, as it pulls up it has three numbers as the bus number. As the shot switches to the other side of the bus the numbers are completely different.

Continuity mistake: When Sara first goes to the club you see many people street dancing and a lot of close-ups on other people in the club. Well at the end of the movie when Derek and Sara are dancing you can see the street dancers and all of people from the club earlier wearing the exact same things that they wore in the beginning.

Continuity mistake: During the contemporary piece of Sarah's second edition, the chair on stage keeps switching between facing forwards and backwards (before Sarah turns it around).


Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie when Sara is riding the train, the engine switches from back to front a few times.

Continuity mistake: When Sara is arguing with Derek in English class near the beginning, if you look closely at his name tag/student card, it flips from the front (with his picture) to the back (with nothing on it) several times between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Chenille and Sara are in the clinic with the baby and they argue, Sara leaves and Chenille is looking at her. There is a close-up of Sara about to walk out the door and in the background you can see Chenille staring off into space the other way, and then a split second later there is a close-up of Chenille and now she is looking at Sara again.

Continuity mistake: Sara goes to Chenille's the first time by walking under the "L". After Derek walks her home, he leaves in the opposite direction. After the ballet, Derek leaves again in the opposite direction.

Continuity mistake: When Sara first goes to school, she has to go through a security check. When she gives her bag to the security guard to be checked, the man opens all of the zips on the bag. The bag is then handed back to Sara, but when she puts the bag on her back, the zips are done up without her having time to do them up.

Continuity mistake: At the clinic, when Chenille is arguing with the woman, there's a man behind Sarah, with his arm around a boy, while another boy is standing in the corner. In the next shot, the boy in the corner is the one being held by the man, and the other boy has moved to the other side of the table next to them. (01:19:20)


Continuity mistake: When Chenille grabs the guy groping her, Sarah is standing next to them, but during two shots from behind the guy's shoulder, she's nowhere to be seen. Because of Sarah's position, she should be visible, despite the camera angle. (00:27:10)


Continuity mistake: When Derek and Sara kiss each other in the flat of Sara's father, before they start to get naked, the point of view changes from behind Derek to behind Sara a couple of times. In one of the views, Derek's head is leaning to the right as he prepares to kiss Sara (and Sara's head is consequently also leaning to her right), and in the other point of view, is the other way around: both heads are leaning to the left as they approach for the kiss.

Continuity mistake: When Sara whips out her $20 bill and hands it to Snook, he takes it and has it in his hands. Then the $20 bill ends up in his hat without him even putting it there.

Continuity mistake: After Sarah's lesson with Derek in the classroom, in the following shots of them talking, Sarah's necklace sometimes under and sometimes over her sweater. Her movements are not enough to change its position like this.


Continuity mistake: When Derek is talking to Sarah during the audition, he puts his hand on her cheek. The position of his hand changes between shots; in the shots facing Sarah, some of his fingers are under her ear, in the shots from behind her, they're behind her ear.


Character mistake: During the movie's opening credits, Sara is shown auditioning for Juilliard, which is misspelled as "Julliard" on a sign outside the room where the audition is occurring.

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Derek: Yeah, but six months here gotta be better than six up the juvie.
Malakai: Yeah, they got girls in here.

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Trivia: The woman who choreographed the dance scenes in the movie is also the choreographer for the Backstreet Boys. She uses a lot of "Backstreet style" dance moves in the movie, especially during Sara's second audition for Julliard. The dance moves she does with the chair are the same moves the Backstreet Boys use in their video for "As Long As You Love Me".

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Answer: If you are talking about when they break up and ignore eachother at school, its 'Crazy' by Kacy and Jo Jo.

Answer: 'Crazy' by K-Ci and JoJo.

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