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Julia Stiles Recreates Classic ‘Save the Last Dance’ Moment on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Julia Stiles Recreates Classic ‘Save the Last Dance’ Moment on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Julia Stiles made millennials’ hearts skip a beat by recreating a Save the Last Dance moment on last night’s Saturday Night Live. SNL’s Chloe Fineman visited “Weekend Update” in the latest episode, sharing “intimate gift ideas” for your significant other. Instead of being behind the desk, Fineman appeared on stage dressed in a red Christmas robe over an all-black outfit.

“Well, I only have one sexy gift idea, and I kind of have to demonstrate it,” Fineman told “Weekend Update” anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost. “The sexiest gift you can give your partner is trying something new in the bedroom.”

“The perfect holiday gift this year is the dance that Julia Stiles does at the end of the 2001 movie Save the Last Dance,” Fineman added. Then, with a touch of finesse, she elegantly shed the crimson robe, revealing the very ensemble that Stiles herself adorns for her grand finale in the movie. Fineman meticulously dissected the entire film plot to Jost, step by step, while gracefully dancing, as Che relaxed and enjoyed his popcorn.

Julia Stiles ‘Save the Last Dance’s Recreation Thrilled the ‘Saturday Night Live’ Studio Audience

The summary kept going, building up the anticipation until bam! Stiles herself strutted onto the stage, causing the crowd to erupt with a mix of shock and excitement. In perfect harmony, Fineman and Stiles flawlessly executed the choreographed number with their cane back chairs. The grand finale was a triumphant fist-bump that brought about a standing ovation from the studio audience.

Released back in 2001, Save the Last Dance is a teen dance film produced by MTV Films and directed by Thomas Carter. The movie follows Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas as a teen couple in Chicago. The duo work together to prepare Stiles’ character for a dance audition at Juilliard School. Sara, played by Stiles, impresses with her captivating dance routine in the 2001 film. Ultimately, the dance earned her acceptance into the esteemed Julliard School of Performing Arts in New York City. Of course, this is the same dance SNL lampooned last night.

The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, grossing an impressive $131.7 million worldwide. Remarkably, it achieved this while staying within its modest $13 million budget.

Meanwhile, Adam Driver returned to host the latest episode of SNL on Saturday, marking his fourth time in the role. Olivia Rodrigo joined him as the musical guest.