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Shall We Dance (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 15 October 2004 (USA)
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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Vern (as Omar Miller)
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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 | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and brief language | See all certifications »
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15 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Shall We Dance?  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$57,887,882 (USA) (18 February 2005)
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The filming location was moved to Winnipeg from Toronto because of the SARS "scare" in early 2003. See more »

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When John searches for ballroom dancing websites online, the search box says "ballroom dance" but when the search screen comes up, it reads "search results for ballroom dancing" See more »

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Paulina: But we began training too hard, pushing each other, expecting too much. Well, we didn't win. Not even close. I came back without my trophy or my partner.
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Referenced in Getaway: Episode #17.17 (2008) See more »

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Moon River
(1961)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Produced and Arranged by John Altman
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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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