1 hr 44 min
Lambada is a romantic dance drama film released in 1990, directed by Joel Silberg and starring J. Eddie Peck, Melora Hardin, and Adolfo Quinones. The movie is a classic ode to the popular Latin American dance form Lambada, which originated in Brazil and took the world by storm in the late 1980s. The story of the movie revolves around Kevin Laird (J. Eddie Peck), a Los Angeles high school teacher who is passionate about dance and teaches his students various dance forms after school. He is a talented dancer himself and has been secretly practicing Lambada, which he learned from his travels to Brazil, and has been keeping it a secret from his students.
While teaching dance class one day, he notices a student named Sandy (Melora Hardin), who has come in late and is struggling to keep up with the other dancers. Upon talking to her, he learns that she comes from a humble background and is juggling school, work, and family, leaving her little time or resources to pursue her passion for dance. Seeing her talent, Kevin decides to take Sandy under his wing and train her in Lambada, which he believes will be her ticket to a better life.
As Kevin and Sandy spend more time together practicing the dance, they develop feelings for each other, but their romance is complicated by Kevin's strict employer and the threat of Sandy's ex-boyfriend, who has a history of violence and wants to control Sandy's life.
The movie features exhilarating dance sequences, showcasing the technicality and sensuality of Lambada with its trademark hip movements, twirls, and dips. Along with the main cast, the movie incorporates real-life Lambada dancers like Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones and Leticia Vasquez, adding to the authenticity of the film.
Moreover, the film takes a poignant look at the hardships of inner-city life, the importance of pursuing one's passion despite the obstacles, and the power of love to change lives. The movie's soundtrack features original songs and covers of popular Lambada tracks, making it a great package for music and dance lovers alike.
Overall, Lambada is a nostalgic, captivating movie that captures the essence of Lambada while telling a touching romantic story. It is a must-watch for dance enthusiasts, lovers of romance, and anyone who enjoys a feel-good movie.