Leading Ladies 2010 NR CC

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A zany comedy about two sisters, their gay best friend, and their overzealous stage mom.

Starring:
Melanie LaPatin, Benji Schwimmer
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Romance, Comedy
Director Daniel Beahm, Erika Randall Beahm
Starring Melanie LaPatin, Benji Schwimmer
Supporting actors Laurel Vail, Shannon Lea Smith, Nicole Dionne, Martha Murphy, Melanie Murphy, Gracie Percival, Trinity Shanks, Nikki Taylor Melton, Erin Slifer, John Librizzi, Michael Metreger, Nathan Reichard, John P. Ward, Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Jordan Frisbee, Jessica Ball, Erika Randall Beahm, Jennifer Bechtel
Studio Wolfe Video
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Funny, light-hearted, upbeat, well meaning movie, and great dancing.
Samuel S Sours Jr
Definitely one of those films to put in my collection, as I'll be watching it again and again.
Jonas Bendsen
There was too much going on and no subject was ever really fully explored.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ana F. Boe on March 23, 2012
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Leading Ladies is a sweet, coming-of-age, coming-out narrative. Telling the story of two sisters, it explores their attempts to stake out their independence from their overbearing stage mother. The film is one part campy and zany, and one part earnest and sweet (I prefer the earnest and sweet part, myself). Laurel Vail stars as Toni Campari, the younger sister who has been living in her sister's shadow but who blossoms when she meets and falls in love with Mona Saunders (played by Nicole Dionne). The chemistry between the two central leads is good. The acting, at least Vail's and Saunders' acting during the more earnest parts of the film, is nuanced--especially Vail's (who is the focus of the film). The dancing is excellent--including an inspired turn by Benji Schwimmer. I would say that it's the best same-sex, ballroom dancing movie EVER, but it might be the ONLY same-sex, ballroom dancing movie ever. (A pity, if true.) Leading Ladies isn't perfect, but for what it's trying to accomplish (tell a compelling love story alongside a madcap, campy narrative of familial dysfunction), it's very good indeed!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Shannon on January 28, 2012
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Disclaimer: The filmmakers are friends of mine. That said let there be no doubt this is a thoroughly enjoyable first film created by a host of very talented folks, on a shoestring budget with a very big studio budget look. They really did create a high quality film with minimal budget and tons of love. Check out the website for the movie to see just how many film festivals around the world have honored this film and you will see it has enjoyed enormous support since it's release. Daniel and Erika put together a team of professional film makers, who worked tirelessly and enthusiastically alongside a number of close friends and family on location in Champaign, Illinois, where with an enormous amount of support from the local populace and with a small contingent of Erika's dedicated students assisting (she is a college professor) they made a great movie shot almost entirely in and around the area.
Spend the bucks, you will not regret it. [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lesbian Film Guide on May 11, 2013
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The Campari family is well known in the ballroom dancing circuit. Mom, Sheri (ballroom diva Melanie LaPatin) who was once a ballroom champion herself, is now the driving force behind her up-and-coming ballroom dancer daughter Tasi (Shannon Lea Smith). When Tasi becomes pregnant, the pressure turns to older sister Toni (Laurel Vail) currently Tasi's practice partner, to take the reins.

Toni however, doesn't want to be a star; she prefers working in the background. As if that wasn't enough pressure, Toni has fallen in love with fellow ballroom dancer Mona (Nicole Dionne) and isn't quite sure how to tell Mona or her family.

Directors Daniel Beahm and Erika Randall Beahm have created a wonderfully wacky comedy about love, family, music and the crazy world of competitive ballroom dancing.

Newcomer Laurel Vail is fantastic as wallflower Toni who blossoms when she finds love. "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Benji Schwimmer also stars as Toni's gay best friend Cedric. Melanie LaPatin steals the screen as overzealous stage mom Sheri living vicariously through her children.

Chris Alderson
Author of the 2013 Lesbian Film Guide
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Hannum on August 15, 2011
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Saw this yesterday at a film festival. Started off kind of slow, but really warms up and grabs you. By the second half, I was bursting out laughing with the film. A must-have for my collection!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonas Bendsen on June 28, 2011
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So glad to see this film is finally being released! I saw this movie for the first time on the big screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and loved it at first site. It is just soooo much fun.

The soundtrack is incredible, and the West Coast Swing-dance duet between Benji Schwimmer and Jordan Frisbee is literally mind blowing.

This is a wonderful movie with a wonderful story, a great cast, made by super-enthusiastic and talented people (heard them speak at the Q&A after the Palm Springs screening).

Every time I watch the movie I catch something new. Definitely one of those films to put in my collection, as I'll be watching it again and again.

You should definitely buy this film!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kieRa on October 19, 2011
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Great movie! Great happy story!
The music was amazing and the choreography was much better than I had expected!
I would definitely recommend this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2013
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I saw this movie on Netflix last night and just bought it today. I absolutely loved it. There is a small ode to Dirty Dancing as well as some jokes which require full attention to get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R on September 15, 2013
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I love the relationship between Toni and Mona and the relationship between the two daughters and their mom. One of my favorite scene is the flashback of Toni when she dances with her mom as a child. It's a sweet and funny movie. Nice dancing. The only complaint is that I wish it tells us more why Toni and Mona fell for each other.
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