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At Theaters: 10/15/2004 On Video: 2/1/2005
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439953
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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 Jennifer's.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jennifer Lopez JERSEY GIRL, GIGLI, MAID IN MANHATTAN, ENOUGH
Richard Gere CHICAGO, UNFAITHFUL, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES
Susan Sarandon IGBY GOES DOWN, MOONLIGHT MILE, THE BANGER SISTERS
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Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
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 Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 237 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
30
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
50
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
133
Very High
100%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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