Shall We Dance?
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Golden Globe winner Richard Gere (Best Actor In A Musical Or Comedy, CHICAGO, 2002; UNFAITHFUL) and Jennifer Lopez (JERSEY GIRL, MAID IN MANHATTAN) step out in a delightfully sexy comedy with a sizzling all-star cast! John Clark (Gere) is a meek workaholic who feels trapped in a dull, mind-numbing existence. But one night, his whole life changes when the sight of a beautiful dance instructor (Lopez) inspires him to break out of his mold and sign up for ballroom dancing lessons! Now, he'll have to step lightly -- and do some fancy footwork -- if he expects to keep his exciting new passion a secret from his family and friends. Also starring Academy Award(R) winner Susan Sarandon (Best Actress, DEAD MAN WALKING, 1995) and Stanley Tucci (THE TERMINAL), SHALL WE DANCE? is another acclaimed crowd-pleaser from the studio that brought you CHICAGO!
"...a charming, well-cast and acted comedy about the glamour and romance of dance." -- James Verniere, BOSTON HERALD
"...a funny and unexpectedly touching story of a middle-age man finding inspiration in ballroom dance." -- Robert W. Butler, KANSAS CITY STAR
"...a funny, well-acted adult tale about the difficulty of holding onto happiness." -- Eric Harrison, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
"...the movie is happy and extremely likable." -- Wesley Morris, BOSTON GLOBE
"First and foremost, it is a wildly entertaining and companionable film." -- Joe Baltake, SACRAMENTO BEE
- Deleted Scenes with optional director commentary
- The Music of Shall We Dance? featurette
- "Beginner's Ballroom" featurette on ballroom dancing
- Behind The Scenes featurette on the film
- Pussycat Dolls "Sway" music video
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The Japanese actress that plays the dance instructor (Jennifer Lopez in the American) is a ballarina and an excellent dancer. The Japanese version is a bit more authentic because ballroom dancing is fairly new in Japan - traditionally men and women are not affectionate or demonstrative in public.
In the Japanese version the hero is a bit ashamed of taking dance lessons so he does not tell his wife. She thinks he is having an affair and hires a detective. The detective has a big role in the film, and reassures the wife that her husband is only taking dance lessons. As it happens the husband become good at dancing and enters a dance contest. The story has some complexity and lots of interesting characters who are students at the dance school or other dance instructors. The film is sort of a comedy and a good family film.
"Shall We Dance" is the charming and funny story of a man who is getting bored with his marriage. His mid-life crisis takes an unusual turn as he decides to spice things up by secretly taking ballroom dance lessons! As is the usual for a movie, we have an assortment of interesting and amusing characters surrounding him as fellow students. The movie is warm, funny, and interesting throughout. The ending is moving ... top of the scale moving.
Richard Gere gives his usual high calibre performance. Susan Sarandon really isn't given a lot of meat in this film, but makes the most of her meager screen time, especially at the end of the film. Jennifer Lopez is gorgeous in this setting, and gives a believable and emotional performance as a world class ballroom dancer hiding from life in a small local dance studio after a major personal disappointment.
You can get this on Instant Video, but as I type the Blu-ray is a bargain price of eight bucks and change ... a no-brainer for a film with this much potential for repeated viewings. Guys, crank this up for your better half on an evening and see what it leads to. ;-)
Gere somehow manages to take classes often without his wife being aware that he didn't come home from work until very late for weeks. Gere's wife, played by Susan Sarandon, finally suspects he's having an affair and hires a private investigator to get to the bottom of where he is so many nights. They never once actually discuss it or talk about it which would be the first thing I, as a wife, would do if my husband were disappearing for long stretches of time after work. I suppose this is to show the disconnect between the two after being married for several years and living separate lives.
Gere's and JLO's characters are looking for lost passion but not the way it first appears. Gere ends up loving ballroom dancing and training to compete in an ametuer contest while his wife tries to untavel what is going on - and why.
Not to give away the plot (although I am struggling to actually figure out what it was), there are some funny bits, a little side plotline featuring a coworker of Gere's, and romance but not with who we were first led to believe would end up romantically involved. Just a really, really thin storyline that felt, to me, like the writer didn't want to offend anyone and wanted every character to be totally likeable (even the private investigator!).
Gere is a decent dancer which surprised me and the characters are fairly endearing but this wasn't one of Richard Gere's best movies by a long shot. Jennifer Lopez was stiff and Susan Sarandon was SO clueless and SO agreeable to everything that she seemed disconnected to her husband in the movie and to the movie itself. But I did end up watching the whole movie and it was sweet in its own way.
If you want very light entertainment with a dancing spin, a few laughs, and a bit of a surprise ending, you will like this movie. I watched it for the dance and because I am a Richard Gere fan. I came away from the movie wondering if was supposed to be so campy and light. I thought it was going to be a much more dramatic film but ehh, it was a fun 106 minutes.
While this movie's plot is a little shaky (much like the protagonist) I like the ending. It is unlike any Hollywood movie ending I've seen.
This one-star movie very an extra star because of Stanley Tucci.
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I bought this in blu ray and waited several weeks for it to come. To my dismay, I discovered it was for a Region B player. I am so disappointed.Read more