Shall We Dance? 2004

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(102) 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie85 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
I love watching this over and over again. I have spent many times watching it and wondering why I like it so much. At first I initially thought it was because I myself love to dance (albeit not ballroom) and felt I could relate to the story so well. But I have come to realise that it is also because the characters are believable, the story is acted well and you feel for John (Richard Gere) as he is passionate about his new hobby but is afraid of the reaction he would get from from his family and colleagues if they knew he had discovered dancing (I have known many guys in his situation).

John Clark is a middle-aged man who spends his life working and then going home to his wife and teenaged kids. He spots a dance school and an attractive dance teacher (Jennifer Lopez) on one of his journeys home and suddenly he wants to learn how to dance. He surprises himself by how much he is enjoying it and meeting other people, but somehow cannot bring himself to reveal his new hobby. Meanwhile his wife (Susan Sarandon)is getting suspicious because he seems so happy and the secret is starting to reveal itself as John has some close encounters with people he knows and his wife hires a private detective. I felt myself get lost into the film, especially during some of the dance scenes, finding it was just me and the film and I wanted to jump in and join them.

It is a romantic comedy with a difference and is a beautiful film to watch.
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