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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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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

A movie for hopeless romantics. :-)

- crazydannielle16, Saturday, September 8, 2007

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

3 stars

The Japanese movie, Shall we dansu? was one of the most commercially successful foreign language movies ever released in the United States. The almost inevitable American remake, now set in Chicago, follows the original very closely in terms of both storyline and spirit. Gooey moments and plot contrivances not withstanding, this is a sweet and charming movie that, in its own quiet way, makes a profound statement about finding meaning in the second half of one's life. Although the narrative and humor often have a sitcom feel to them, the overall breezy tone and good-natured ambiance of the movie win us over anyway. And although many of the subsidiary people who populate this tale are really more caricatures than characters, at least they're colorful and well-delineated enough to add to (rather than subtract from) the central drama. Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, Bobby Cannavale and Lisa Ann Walter all give winning performances. In fact, of all the actors, only Jennifer Lopez, as the beautiful young woman who teaches John Clark a thing or two about dancing, falls short of the mark. Jennifer Lopez, for all her other undeniable talents, simply has not developed an actress' confidence on camera, and, as a result, she is unable to rise to the level of the professionals. On the other hand, the dancing alone makes the movie worth watching.

- husky10000years, Friday, August 28, 2009