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John's wife gives him a birthday party and ask what she can buy that would go inside a box. He gives some thought as to what he would like to have or do. He keeps seeing Miss Mitzi's Dance studio and decides to go to the school one night after work. He soon discovers that he has a love for dancing.
Romantic Musical - "Shall We Dance" is pretty much a chick flick. It's got some good
humor and some great dancing. For the most part it's a lighthearted
romantic story but it does get serious at times. Jennifer Lopez fans
should note that she doesn't get a lot of screen time. It's more
about Gere. Susan Sarandon's screen time is even less that
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 3 S-words. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some mild sexual talk and sensual dancing. Nothing remotely graphic. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: An older lady frequently drinks from a flask. ACTION: None COMEDY: Quite funny at times. I counted 20 chuckles and 1 good laugh.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average "Shall We Dance?" is a remake of the 1997 Japanese feature by the same name. To say that (this remake) it's worth the wait is an understatement. Chelsom (director) shows too much restraint and good taste. As a result, the ending, although it makes perfect sense and offers closure, seems muted and oddly unsatisfying. I walked out of the original "Shall We Dance?" with a silly grin on my face. I left this one shaking my head, wondering where it had all gone wrong.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Conventional as it may be, "Shall We Dance?" offers genuine delights. This is not a cutting-edge movie. The characters are broad, what happens is predictable, and of course, everything ends up in a big ballroom dancing competition...I enjoyed the Japanese version so much I invited it to my Overlooked Film Festival a few years ago; it's available on DVD, but this remake offers pleasures of its own.
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We collected 237 moviegoer opinions. OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! Especially from the ladies, but the guys weren't too far behind. It's easy to HIGHLY RECOMMEND "SHALL WE DANCE?" TO EVERYONE. With lots of very high opinions and "Good" as the lowest opinion given, "Shall We Dance" is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.
John Clark (Richard Gere), a man with a wonderful job, charming wife (Susan
Sarandon) and loving family, who nevertheless feels that something is missing as
he makes his way every day through the city. Each evening on his commute home,
John sees an entrancing young teacher (Jennifer Lopes) staring with a lost
expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively
jumps off the train one night, and sings up for dance lessons hopping to meet
her. At first, it seems like a mistake. His teacher turns out to be not Paulina,
but the older Miss Mitzi (Anita Gillette), and John proves just as clumsy as his
equally clueless classmates on the dance-floor. Even worse, when he does meet
Paulina, she icily tells John she hopes he had come to the studio to seriously
study dance and not to look for a date.
Buts, as his lessons continue, John discovers that his attraction to Paulina
pales in comparison to the invigorating effects of falling in love with dancing.
Now, keeping his new obsession from family and co-workers, John feverishly
trains for Chicago's biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina
blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her own lost passion for dance. But the
more time John spends away from home, the more his wife becomes suspicious until
she hires a private detective to uncover a possible affair. With his secret
about to be revealed, John will have to do some fancy footwork to keep his dream
going and realize what it is he really yearns for.