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Good movie. 'Shall We Dance'

by Dan McC / October 7, 2004 4:24 AM PDT

OK, it's a remake. But the original was both very good and in Japanese. Two factors that I make allowances for. (For the sake of accuracy, I mean this is a remake of the 1994(?) 'Shall We Dansu', not the 1947 Fred and Ginger.

Drawn to a dance studio by his own undefined longing and by J-Lo's sad and soulful staring out the studio window, Richard Gere finds that he's not a bad dancer. He also finds a collection of kooks and coworkers who inhabit a world he's never dreamed of.

This movie is a riot at times and never gets sucked into the funk that several of the characters are teetering on the edge of. Nor is it devoid of an introspective element. You won't find this life changing (unless it gets you to sign up for dance classes, which is going to happen to many) but it's more thought provoking than much of the bubble gum that gets flashed on the wall in dark rooms.

Susan Sarandon is very good as Gere's increasingly suspicious wife. And who ever thought that Stanley Tucci could dance?

It's rated PG-13, but PG would be more appropriate.

Dan

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