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Shall We Dance?

comedy, drama, romance

Golden Globe winner Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez step out in a delightfully sexy comedy with a sizzling all-star cast! John Clark is a meek workaholic who feels trapped in a dull, mindnumbing existence.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Cute romance that is marred by homophobia.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language and some unnecessary homophobic humor, particularly a gratuitous last-minute twist. There are sexual references and jokes, including references to adultery, but in general the characters' behavior is loyal and respectful. Characters drink and there are scenes in bars.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about talk about why it was hard for John and Beverly to be honest with each other. What was John missing? Which characters changed the most, and why? What could you do that would change your life the way dancing changed the lives of John, Vern, and Chic?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 31
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Offers attractive, inoffensive characters and a smattering of broad laughs, but it fails to use its potential to explore weightier themes such as John's mid-life crisis.

- Amy Simmons, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fresh: Its rather cute, but only the truly girly will fall for the decidedly Officer And A Gentlemanly denouement that injects a belated sexy note.

- Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine, Friday, April 16, 2010

Rotten: This mildly entertaining bauble will disappear from your memory even before you've dislodged the last popcorn husks from your back teeth.

- Brangien Davis, Seattle Times, Friday, October 15, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

This movie made me want to attend ballroom dancing lessons! lol! Anywhoo, I think Gere looked sweet, hes always charming anyway, but the contrast really showed when he was dancing with Lopez, I thought she was too much of an intense dancer to be partnered with Gere. Mwahaha, all guys should learn how to dance, its so cute hahaha!

- Gx7, Saturday, January 12, 2008

1 star

Richard Gere ruined this film. That is all.

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011