" Is there a man in the world who suffers as I do from the gross inadequacies of the human race? "
— Monty Woolley, The Man who Came to Dinner

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Through it all we root for Mario-as-Melvin, who makes a good, likeable hero. —Marty Mapes (review...)

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Center Stage proves that it’s hard to make a bad dance movie. Good dancing lends itself to film so well that even the most hackneyed plot can be the foundation of a great movie. Center Stage follows the lives of several young ballet dancers at a prestigious New York conservatory. The characters in the film are faced with ego problems, eating disorders, and a dangerously competitive atmosphere. Their stories intertwine with all the melodrama of a bad soap opera. And yet, every time there is a dance scene, the whole thing makes visceral sense, and the movie is fun again. Center Stage is definitely not for all tastes, but if you can give it a break, you will enjoy it.