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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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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Beverly Clark: We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'."
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References The King and I (1956) See more »


I Wanna (Shall We Dance)
Written by Cynthia Salazar (as Cynthia Posse), Adrián Posse (as Adrian Posse), Alfonso Gutiérrez (as A. Gutierrez) and Gizelle D'Cole
Performed by Gizelle D'Cole, and Pilar Montenegro
Licensed by Lideres Music Group - Adrian Records
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Delightful Entertainment
6 September 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Chicago, the workaholic lawyer John Clark (Richard Gere) is feeling bored with his routine life, limited to work and stay at home with his wife Beverly Clark (Susan Sarandon) and his teenager's son and daughter. One night, while traveling home by train, he sees the beautiful face of Paulina (Jennifer Lopez) in the balcony of a dance school, and a couple of days later, he decides to visit the school and take dancing classes every Wednesdays. However, he becomes ashamed to tell his family his "little secret". Meanwhile, Beverly feels the changes in her happier husband, and hires a private eye to investigate whether John is having an affair.

"Shall We Dance?" is a delightful entertainment. It is pleasant to see a nice cast like the sexy Jennifer Lopez, the charming Richard Gere, the surprisingly great dancer Stanley Tucci, the funny Lisa Ann Walter, the wonderful Susan Sarandon and excellent support actors and actresses playing and dancing great music along 106 minutes. After watching this feel-good romance, the viewer will certainly feel lighter and relaxed. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Dança Comigo?" ("Dance With Me?")

Obs: On October 15th 2005, I saw the original "Shall We Dansu?", which is better and better than this remake.

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