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Musical Chairs (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 24 September 2011 (USA)
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When, Mia, a dance teacher, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando, a would-be dancer who admires her from afar, persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest.

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Credited cast:
... Mia
... Armando
... Isabel
... Bernardo
... Chantelle
Nelson Landrieu ... Wilfredo
... Rosa
... Kenny
Philip Willingham ... Daniel
... Nicky
Jerome Preston Bates ... Jimmy
... Chico
... Julio (as Dominic Colon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile ... Car Accident Witness
... Ballroom Dancer
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A romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando Ortiz, from the Bronx, and Mia Franklin, from the Upper East Side, and their unlikely meeting. The story tells how the two of them come together through their love of ballroom dancing. Mia is a beautiful and vivacious professional dancer. Armando works at the midtown Manhattan dance studio in exchange for lessons and fantasizes of a time when he will dance with Mia. But a tragic accident forever changes Mia's life. True to his heart, Armando dedicates himself, along with a group of colorful misfits, to help Mia overcome her painful challenges and dance once more. Written by Anonymous

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Everybody dances to their own beat.

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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24 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Dança das Cadeiras  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,092, 25 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,478, 19 April 2012
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(2013) Nominated for seven awards at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Leah Pipes). See more »

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Chantelle: [finishing applying her makeup just before she goes onstage] Beyoncé, eat your heart out!
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Featured in Push Girls: Breaking Back In (2012) See more »

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Dance With Me
Based on the song "Hernando's Hideaway" by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler, from the musical "The Pajama Game"
Sung offscreen by Debelah Morgan during rehearsal montage
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Be wary of many of the IMDb votes-
30 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

As of now, the rating for this film stands at a mere 2.2, which is quite low, and there is one aspect that makes the low score highly suspicious. There has been some known controversy about the film. Some in the disability community were quite upset that more disabled actors were not used in the film, and may have tried to influence the voting. They perhaps were unaware, or perhaps deliberately ignored, the fact that the leading female character begins as an able-bodied dance teacher. The idea that actress Leah Pipes is unqualified to act the role simply because she does not really use a wheelchair is truly ludicrous. (I am disabled myself, so I understand where the objections are coming from, but I disagree strongly with them.)

It is time this film received more exposure and that critical comment on it honestly reflected how well it is made, rather than reflecting biased attitudes. Films like this one, which has as its background the world of wheelchair ballroom dancing, are too important to let petty resentments get in the way of their appreciation.


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