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Shall We Dance (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 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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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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Originally planned as a Tom Hanks starring vehicle with Jon Turteltaub directing. See more »


In the first ballroom lesson Miss Mizzie teaches standard slow waltz mirror-inverted: she teaches "left foot forward, right foot side, right close..." which are ladies 2nd part steps. Men's are "right foot forward, left foot side, right close". See more »


John Clark: The one thing I am proudest of in my whole life, is that you're happy with me. If I couldn't, if I couldn't tell you that I was unhappy sometimes, is because I didn't want to risk hurting the one person I treasure most. I'm so sorry.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.1 (2012) See more »


Livin' It Up
Written by Stevie Wonder, Ja Rule (as Jeffrey B. Atkins), Irv Gotti (as Irving D. Lorenzo), Robin Mays (as Rob Mays), Leon Haywood, Frederick Knight, and Snoop Dogg (as Cordozar Broadus)
Performed by Ja Rule (featuring Case)
Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records, L.L.C. and The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder (1982)
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Delightful Entertainment
6 September 2005 | by 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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