Totally delightful. I wouldn’t call it cynical at all; the ending is upbeat and (spoiler) friendship does conquer all. Clear-eyed is more apt. The message is that you have to work to keep your dreams, but if you do, you probably get where you want to be.
That’s still pretty refreshing. Cyd Charisse nails it as an independent smart woman who doesn’t have to set aside her intellect at any point. The dancing is really really good.