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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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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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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and brief language | See all certifications »
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Originally planned as a Tom Hanks starring vehicle with Jon Turteltaub directing. See more »

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When John and Miss Mitzi are dancing at Dr. Dance, they bump into Link and his dance partner. The dance partner has her hair covering her ear (down) in the wide shot, but in the closer shot, her hair is behind her ears. See more »

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Bobbie: So why did you all start dancing?
Vern: I'm getting married in September. My bride said she'd like to see me lose a few pounds, thought the dancing might be good exercise. I told her it wouldn't work.
[waitress gives him a hamburger and fries]
John Clark: I think you're gonna win that bet.
Chic: I'm here for the ladies, you know what they say about guys that can dance...
Bobbie: Yeah, that they're great in bed.
Chic: Right.
Bobbie: Where do you hear this crap?
Chic: Everywhere, everywhere the guys that can dance get the pick of the litter.
Bobbie: I'm ...
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Referenced in Biography: Richard Gere (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Dance
(1983)
Written by David Bowie (as David Robert Jones)
Performed by Mya
Produced by Cory Rooney for Cory Rooney Entertainment
Background vocals: Mya, Pete Wade (as Electric Pete) for Shitake Monkey
Mya appears courtesy of A&M/Interscope Records Group, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Chelson's atrocity against the Japanese
15 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

The central tension in the original Japanese Shall We Dance is that the main character is a dork, a nerd, a nebbish that has to overcome social taboos to pursue his passion.

Since neither apply to suave Richard Gere in the socially unfettered USA, Chelsom resorts instead to a commentary on materialism. A nice try, but a pale imitation. Without the central tension, the film is effectively castrated.

The large cast of quirky but likable characters don't quite work and come off as flat and stereotypical, the one exception is the PI's preternaturally wise assistant who gets far too few lines.

The only redeeming point of the adaptation is Susan Sarandon's performance despite the poor writing, and watching Jennifer Lopez dance. Lopez fully embraces the venerable dance of ballroom and truly invigorates it with her raw sensuality. A delight to watch.


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