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Shall We Dance (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 October 2004 (USA)
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A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Mitzi
Vern (as Omar Miller)
Jenna Clark
Evan Clark
Onalee Ames ...
Diana Salvatore ...


John Clark is a middle aged Chicago estate lawyer. He loves his family, which includes his wife Beverly, but their combined busy schedules and getting caught in a rut after two decades of marriage has left him feeling unfulfilled. While taking the el train home every night, he notices the same young, beautiful contemplative woman staring out of one of the windows of Miss Mitzi's Dance Studio, which specializes in ballroom. He is intrigued enough with her beauty and sadness to go in one evening on his way home. He learns that she is Paulina, one of the instructors and a former world class ballroom dancer. Because of her, he signs up for beginner group dance lessons, regardless of them being taught by Miss Mitzi herself, and not Paulina. As time progresses, John gets caught up in the lives of those at Miss Mitzi's: his two fellow classmates - overweight Vern who wants to learn to dance for his upcoming wedding, and Chic, who wants to impress the ladies - and two of the studio's ... Written by Huggo

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A new comedy about following your own lead. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and brief language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shall We Dance?  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,783,467 (USA) (15 October 2004)


$47,120,736 (Europe) (3 June 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mya plays Vern's fiancée/dance partner and also contributed music to the soundtrack. See more »


When Bobbi and the boys first go to the diner, Bobbi takes off her ponytail and then clamps it back on. When she clamps it, the top is smooth, but in the next shot there is a clump of hair standing up that goes in and out of the frame. In the very next shot it's smooth again. See more »


Bobbie: So why did you all start dancing?
Vern: I'm getting married in September. My bride said she'd like to see me lose a few pounds, thought the dancing might be good exercise. I told her it wouldn't work.
[waitress gives him a hamburger and fries]
John Clark: I think you're gonna win that bet.
Chic: I'm here for the ladies, you know what they say about guys that can dance...
Bobbie: Yeah, that they're great in bed.
Chic: Right.
Bobbie: Where do you hear this crap?
Chic: Everywhere, everywhere the guys that can dance get the pick of the litter.
Bobbie: I'm ...
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Referenced in Dance Your Ass Off: Shake and Rattle Those Rolls (2009) See more »


The Book of Love
Written by Stephin Merritt
Performed by Peter Gabriel
Courtesy of Real World Records Limited and Virgin Records Limited
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A Funny, Straight Romantic Comedy
18 October 2004 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

This much funnier version of Shall We Dance, is a delicious, romantic comedy that doesn't require magical, unbelievable script devices to make this movie work. This movie is compelling for those who believe in second chances and first chances for those who have never taken chances. This movie comes at a good time in American life when our lifestyles are such that we may be coming to that age that for everything we have, we still are empty. I don't imagine that this movie will dazzle any male ego and will probably be restricted to females who can only wish their partners might somehow be so interested. A good date movie for the emotionally sensitive and artistically inclined. This new version based on the Japanese original explores the comic motif well, doesn't take a lot of liberties on the sexual romance angle that so often befalls American movies, and ends up with a definitely American tie off but with a much more realistic and hopefully plausible note than most gushy romance movies. Eight out of Ten Stars.

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