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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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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 »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and brief language | See all certifications »
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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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Susan Sarandon stolen £2635 ($4K) necklace turned up at horrible murder scene in a local Winnipeg hotel. The murder was written about in the book "Trophy Kill - The Shall We Dance Murder " by True Crime author "Dan Zupandsky" who interacted with the suspect and in turn became a key role in the investigation. The victim's name was Robin Greene. See more »

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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 »

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Paulina: What made you wanna dance?
John Clark: You. Looking out that window, right there. You could see it from the train. Every night, I'd come home from work & I'd look for you, your face... you looked on the outside the way I was feeling on the inside.
Paulina: I was watching you, too. From the window, I saw you practicing on the platform.
John Clark: No? Uhh.
Paulina: That night I said all those thing to you, I didn't think I'd ever see you again. But you kept coming back.
John Clark: I didn't want to. I figured if I hadn't, you would have been right ...
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Referenced in Hart of Dixie: A Better Man (2014) See more »

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Espana Cani
(ca 1925)
Written by Pascual Marquina Narro (as Pascual Marquina)
Produced and Arranged by John Altman
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Shall We Dance? - Why Not?
11 May 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw the Japanese original film "Shall We Dance?" few years ago and I was charmed by its subtlety and delicacy. I did not plan to see the remake because I am not crazy about the remakes in general and I did not look forward to see Lopez or Gere in the movie together. When I finally saw the movie (my mom who's seen both films highly recommended the American version to me), I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

The cultural contrast of the Japanese film ceased to exist in the 2004 movie but there is still a lot to like in it. First of all, I love to watch good dancing and "Shall We Dance?" has plenty of it. Gere's and Lopez's dancing together has grace and passion, and it was a wonderful moment in the film.

Then, there are memorable and funny supporting characters that had screen time enough to become more than the lifeless shadows - Stanley Tucci (Link) and Lisa Ann Walter (Bobbie) for whom the ballroom dancing is the road to freedom, and happiness.

And the last but not the least, the movie is asking the question, how to make a man happy if he's got everything - the job he enjoys, the family he loves, his health, and good looks but something is missing? It would take more than any movie to answer the question but perhaps it would help one day just take a different road and open a new door?


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