This not is not intended as a knock to A Time For Dancing, which is a more than acceptable coming of age story, but the poor girl still deserves better. Her performances in fare like “The Secret World of Alex Mack,” 100 Girls, and 10 Things I Hate About You showed that she truly does deserve to be spending her time consistently making theatrical films.

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A Time for Dancing
Director: David Douglas (Final Encounter)
Writer: Kara Lindstorm (Killing Me Softly)
Starring: Larisa Oleynik, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Shiri Appleby

Larisa Oleynik seriously needs a new agent.

This not is not intended as a knock to A Time For Dancing, which is a more than acceptable coming of age story, but the poor girl still deserves better.  Her performances in fare like “The Secret World of Alex Mack,” 100 Girls, and 10 Things I Hate About You showed that she truly does deserve to be spending her time consistently making theatrical films.

Nonetheless, Oleynik pulls out a great performance in a movie that looks and feels a lot like A Walk to Remember.  Based off of a book by the same name, A Time For Dancing takes a different route than how you think it will.  Oleynik plays Juliana, an overachieving ballerina who so feels the need to get into the Julliard School for Ballet that she willingly dumps her boyfriend in order to better her focus.  Along for the ride is a self-admitted tag along named Sam (the great Appleby), who appears to have major self esteem issues.  All her life she has done nothing but try to be like Juliana.

But when Juliana discovers she must go through chemotherapy for diffuse histiocytic lymphoma, things take a turn for the worst.  We see Juliana go through the wrenching struggles of losing her hair, recognizing immenent death, and trying to achieve her one life goal.  Definitely sounds a lot like A Walk to Remember.  But it shows how different it is when the story shifts to narrator Sam.  She finally realizes her own self worth through everything that her and her friends go through.  The story hits its peak here.

Shane West and Peter Coyote, both of whom played nearly exact roles in A Walk to Remember, are here as well to further the resemblance.

Two years ago, I actually shed a tear while watching A Walk to RememberA Time For Dancing didn’t make me do the same, and it is guilty of being a tad bit slow at points, but that does not it’s not one of the more powerful direct-to-video films I’ve seen in recent memroy.

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