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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:
... John Clark
... Paulina
... Beverly Clark
... Bobbie
... Link
... Miss Mitzi
... Chic
... Vern (as Omar Miller)
... Jenna Clark
... Evan Clark
... Devine
... Scott
... Carolyn
Onalee Ames ... Diane
Diana Salvatore ... Tina
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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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Mya plays Vern's fiancée/dance partner and also contributed music to the soundtrack. See more »

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Mya is credited as "Vern's Fiancé" instead of "Vern's Fiancée". See more »

Quotes

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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Remake of Shall We Dance? (1996) See more »

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Santa Maria
(2001)
Written by Philippe Cohen-Solal (as Philippe Maurie Cohen Solal), Christoph H. Müller (as Christoph Hermann Mueller) and Eduardo Makaroff (as Eduardo Anibal Makaroff)
Performed by Gotan Project (as GoTan Project)
Courtesy of Ya Basta and XL Recordings Ltd., Barclay/Universal Music France
Licensed exclusively from Ya Basta! Recordings
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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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