Shall We Dance? 2004

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(112) IMDb 6.1/10
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Accountant John Clark has a successful career and loving family - but his life is dull. One night on his commute home he sees a beautiful woman at the window of a dance studio. He signs up for lessons, enters the colourful world of competitive ballroom dancing and reignites the excitement in his life.

Starring:
Richard Gere,Jennifer Lopez
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Shall We Dance?

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Peter Chelsom
Starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez
Supporting actors Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Anita Gillette, Lisa Ann Walter
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NG on 30 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
I have to say that this film had me in tears at one point. It is so sweet and fun-loving. It is the kind of film you do not need to concentrate on and has some excellent dance scenes in it...J-Lo can certainly dance well.

If you prefer deep stuff, avoid it but if you are open minded and just want a movie you can enjoy easily...this is the one!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 July 2006
Format: DVD
If someone told you that Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez were going to dance together on film you'd expect it to be one of the sexiest dances you could hope to see.They did dance together on Shall We Dance and it was one of the sexiest dances you could hope to see.All the characters in the movie are engaging and the whole cast does a great job.You experience something very romantic and uplifting.Peter Chelsom,who directed Serendipity,directed this film and skilfully draws the viewer into a magical realm that keeps in touch with the real world we all live in.The bonus material on the dvd really is a bonus and I watched it several times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE BLU RAY VERSION ***

Whenever I'm asked by friends for a movie to lift up a dreary Monday evening after a hard day at work, I reach for "Shall We Dance".
They then look at the cover with sneering suspicion, shake their heads and check my pulse.
Richard Gere and J-Lo! Ballroom Dancing!! You Wot!!!
But they always come back a few days later saying how much they genuinely loved it...

Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere play Beverly and John Clark who are happily married and living in their affluent suburban mansion. They've a well-balanced life with an equally well-balanced daughter and all seems to be in order. But his job as a Chicago Estate Lawyer dealing with other people's last will and testament has become tedious and their same-old existence at home quietly stagnant. One evening heading home after work on the overhead 'L' train, John looks up into "Miss Mitzi's Dancing School" and sees a beautiful woman standing at the window (Jennifer Lopez). Several evenings and sightings later, he finally gets off the train, goes in and unwittingly enrols in Ballroom Dancing classes - and of course everything changes...

Peter Chelsom's 2004 remake of the 1996 Japanese film "Shall We Dansu?" is as lovely as film gets - and its transition to BLU RAY is a real triumph.

The picture is GLORIOUS throughout - far better than the DVD - beautifully framed by cinematographer John De Borman.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 21 July 2005
Format: DVD
But before John Clark (Richard Gere) discovers his love for dancing, the statement above is pretty accurate. He is a lawyer that goes through the same routine each day, and is almost in a state of stupor, until one day, riding the train home, he sees a woman at a window looking out with a forlorn expression. After that, he is hooked, and has to go there and start attending dancing lessons to find more about this mysterious femme. Paulina (Jennifer Lopez) is an instructor at the dancing studio, and lives a frustrated life ever since she was dumped by her dancing partner / lover at the summit of her career, when she was about to compete in Blackwood, the most prestigious dancing competition in the world.
John is married, and even though the relationship with Paulina starts out as a professional one, there is a sense that he is cheating on Beverly (Susan Sarandon). Therefore, he starts hiding his new activity from his family and only gets to share his secret with Link (Stanley Tucci), a co-worker who leads a double life as serious lawyer during the day and a dance machine at night. With this basic set up, the movie succeeds in entertaining through a combination of elements. First, we have the unanswered question of what is going to happen between John and Paulina. Second, the variety of personalities depicted through the different characters allow for a myriad of interesting and funny dialogues. Third, the well choreographed dances allow us to enjoy the music and the artistry of several of the scenes. Finally, even though I found that Gere, Lopez and Sarandon were proficient in their roles, I have to mention Tucci as the actor that should take most of the credit for my enjoyment of this movie.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilson on 29 July 2007
Format: DVD
A lovely film that enthralled me from start to finish. It makes me laugh and cry all at the same time so whatever you do don`t miss this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Chicago lawyer John Clark is drawn to the lonely face at a dance studio window he sees from his journey home each evening. Finally one day he decides to jump off the train and go sign up for dance lessons, thus filling a void in his near perfect life. Trouble is, is that his wife thinks he's having an affair and hires a private detective to tail him.

Shall We Dance? is the American remake of Masayuki Suo's beguiling and much loved 1996 picture, Shall We Dansu? Met with the usual howls of derision that comes with the announcement of another Asia remake from Hollywood, it's somewhat refreshing to find that Peter Chelson's film is actually charming and proof positive that American remakes can work if handled with care. Fuelling it with a more comedic tone than the original obviously helps the piece, and not being the kind of tacky romance picture so hated by many is surely a bonus. Outside of the zippy nature of the dance sequences, after the natural funny set up of the two left footed gentlemen, what chiefly works is the dynamic of the characters at Miss Mitzi's dance studio, each one having their own little reason for being there, as seemingly poles apart characters share one delightful goal.

The cast, led by the sadly undervalued Richard Gere {John Clark}, work real well, even Jennifer Lopez {Paulina}, who at a stretch could be called an average actress, works well within the tightly scripted piece. Honours arguably go to Stanley Tucci as wig wearing, tan sprayed, work colleague of Clark, Link Peterson, whilst Anita Gilette {Miss Mitzi} is positively wonderful. Truth is is that it's an ensemble piece where it comes together nicely to form a charming picture, it's only main flaw being that we are asked to believe that modern day men feel stigmatised by ballroom dancing. Utter rubbish as far as I'm concerned, there are few things as elegant as The Waltz, or as sensual as The Rumba, and you can take that to the dance studio! 7/10
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