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Let's Take A Moment To Appreciate "Save The Last Dance"

It did give us Kerry Washington after all.

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It's hard to believe it's been 15 whole years since we were blessed with Save the Last Dance.

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The teen rom-com about a white girl finding herself in the most unlikely place (a black inner-city high school) after her mom's tragic death was an instant classic back in 2001.

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It gave us a look into a world most mainstream teen movies were avoiding back then.

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And introduced us to characters we'll never forget, like the street-smart teen mom Chenille, played by a young Kerry Washington.

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Who even back then was fighting for women's rights.

Chenille: Got what? The right to walk past your greasy, tickle-dick self without your paws on my ass? Yea that's how I thought I had it.
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Chenille: Got what? The right to walk past your greasy, tickle-dick self without your paws on my ass? Yea that's how I thought I had it.

And shady mean girl Nikki played by Brie Lawson aka Beyoncé's stepsister bka the girl who has been playing a teenager for decades because #blackdontcrack.

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Nikki: It ain't over bitch.

She threw unforgettable shade with ease in almost every scene she was in.

Nikki: Excuse me, I ain't walking on eggshells just 'cause you brought the Brady Bunch to the Negro Club.Sara: Then you must be in the wrong spot because I'm pretty sure there aren't any Negoes here. Nikki: I'm pretty sure you came with one.
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Nikki: Excuse me, I ain't walking on eggshells just 'cause you brought the Brady Bunch to the Negro Club.

Sara: Then you must be in the wrong spot because I'm pretty sure there aren't any Negoes here.

Nikki: I'm pretty sure you came with one.

Actually, a lot of the characters gave us shady comebacks to take back to class with us.

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Chenille: You keep talking Nikki and I will lay all your shit bare.

SHADE FOR DAYS!

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Sara: You talk a lot of shit for someone who never says anything.

Although, sometimes it wasn't delivered as well as others lol.

Sara: No, I would never bust a cap in your ass.
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Sara: No, I would never bust a cap in your ass.

We also got to witness a true miracle when Derek managed to take Sara from this.

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To this.

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Still not sure how he did it tbh.

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Speaking of Derek, let's take a moment to appreciate his smile. If you didn't have a crush on Sean Patrick Thomas by the end of the movie you're crazy.

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I mean, not even Sara could resist.

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Which gave way to a lot of relatable moments for interracial couples throughout the film.

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And a lot of things they usually have had to hear.

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Nikki: White girls like you. Creepin' up, takin' our men. The whole world ain't enough, you gotta conquer ours too.

There was also this legendary speech from Kerry's character.

Chenille: And here you come — white so you gotta be right — and you take one of the few decent men we have left after jail, drugs, and drive-bys. This is what Nikki meant about you up in our world. Sara: There's only one world, Chenille.Chenille: That is what they teach you. We know different.
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Chenille: And here you come — white so you gotta be right — and you take one of the few decent men we have left after jail, drugs, and drive-bys. This is what Nikki meant about you up in our world.

Sara: There's only one world, Chenille.

Chenille: That is what they teach you. We know different.

That was a bit too real for Sara and most of America to take in, but it had to be said.

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Sara: Everything is so screwed up.

Kerry actually gave a lot of great advice in this movie. We should've known then she'd go on to be a gladiator.

Chenille: You can't help who you love, Derek. You're not supposed to.(talk about foreshadowing)
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Chenille: You can't help who you love, Derek. You're not supposed to.

(talk about foreshadowing)

Finally, you can't talk about this movie without giving a proper nod to Sara's epic Juilliard audition.

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"Live your dreams, it's not as hard as it may seem."

And this timeless heel toe she did in the middle of it.

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Sigh, thanks for all you've given us STLD. We'll forever cherish these memories.

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