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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)


$57,887,882 (USA) (18 February 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The filming location was moved to Winnipeg from Toronto because of the SARS "scare" in early 2003. See more »


When Evan asks John to go to the bar, John places his hand on Evan's shoulder. In the next shot, both hands are at his side. See more »


Devine: It's possible that we could find your husband neck deep in potpourri investing things.
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Referenced in Dance Your Ass Off: The Weight Is Over (2009) See more »


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Written by Philippe Cohen-Solal (as Philippe Maurie Cohen Solal), Christoph H. Müller (as Christoph Hermann Mueller) and Eduardo Makaroff (as Eduardo Anibal Makaroff)
Performed by Gotan Project (as GoTan Project)
Courtesy of Ya Basta and XL Recordings Ltd., Barclay/Universal Music France
Licensed exclusively from Ya Basta! Recordings
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Passing grade remake
4 November 2004 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I should start by admitting that it was quite a while ago (New Years Day 1997, to be exact) that I watched the Japanese original, 'Shall We Dansu' (which, incidentally, IS THE ORIGINAL; the Astaire/Rogers 1937 flick, which happens to have the same name, IS NOT). However, although I don't remember every single detail, the essential feelings as well as some of the vivid images still seem fresh in my mind, particularly the glittering performance of Koji Yakusyo and Tamiyo Kusakari.

The Hollywood remake, while not as good as the Japanese original, is at least passing grade, in capturing the essence of the film, 'a man seeking not so much a woman as an answer to his question. Why is she sad? What is she thinking' (Ebert, on 'Shall We Dansu', NOT 'Shall We Dance'), as well as everybody's passion for ballroom dancing.

Richard Gere continues to exude his charm on the female audience. Jennifer Lopez, following Maid in Manhattan, continues to get more comfortable with more matured roles. Oscar best actress (and 5 times nominee) Susan Sarandon is dependable as ever. I'm trying very hard to think of a movie in which I can't find Stanley Tucci and …… darn it, the more I watch the guy, the more I like him!

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