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Shall We Dance?

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Peter Chelsom

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About the Movie

Golden Globe winner Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez step out in a delightfully sexy comedy with a sizzling allstar cast! John Clark is a meek workaholic who feels trapped in a dull, mind numbing existence. But one night, his whole life changes when the sight of a beautiful dance instructor (Lopez) inspires him to break out of his mold and sign up for some fancy footwork if he expects to keep his exciting new passion a secret from his family and friends. Also starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 154
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 83
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Miscast, misguided and woefully misbegotten, this clumsy American remake of the deftly delicate 1996 sleeper hit from Japan is too blah to bludgeon. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Turns a sweet, lilting story into a clunky, cliched and tedious movie sitcom. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A sleek Hollywood crowd-pleaser, more movie than art film, but its makers have wisely stuck not only to the spirit but often even to the letter of the original. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Takes a small, exquisite Japanese movie and turns it into a big, stupid American movie. Still, it must be said that as glossy and overproduced as the thing is, it's a good Big Stupid American movie. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews

It is not too bad

I love the original Japanese movie, which is known as Shall We Dansu? in the U.S. But the basic premises of the original are very much rooted in Japanese culture. I think this Americanized version did a pretty good job in transposing the motivations and so on to American ways of thinking, especially of the central character played by Robert Gere. As in the Japanese original, the main character is a white collar worker (a mid-level executive in the original, an attorney in the remake) in a midlife crisis. The underlying reasons given for why he decides to go to a dancing school on a whim are explained very differently, and in both movies those reasons make sense - in each cultural context. In this American version, the casting of a luminous Susan Sarandon as the often puzzled wife helps things a lot too.

The other supporting actors are very good, especially Stanley Tucci and Bobby Cannavale. The only one who is a bit of a loss is Jennifer Lopez, who doesn't do much more than stand around moping and looking gorgeous. I would urge anyone to try to catch the Japanese original too, which is a superior movie with a bittersweet quality that is lacking from this one. But still, this is a nice romantic movie that will make you want to get up and dance.

Don't waste your money

This has little to no relationship to the charming Japanese original Shall We Dance. Hunt down the Japanese version where you will be treated to something special!

Shall We Dance?

I love this movie. It's simply makes me smile every time I watch. Great actors, beautiful dancing and simple, sweet storyline. Lifts me up every viewing.