Stars: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Lisa Ann Walter
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 106 minutes
Something got lost in translation from 1996's critically acclaimed Japanese comedy, but the American remake of Shall We Dance? is not without charms of its own. In being transplanted from Tokyo to Chicago, the original version's subtle humor is shaken out of its cultural context, but this is an otherwise faithful adaptation in which a weary lawyer (Richard Gere) battles his mid-life crisis with ballroom dancing lessons, while his wife (Susan Sarandon) hires a private detective to see if he's cheating. Those expecting a Jennifer Lopez showcase will be disappointed; her role as the melancholy dance instructor keeps the beautifully lovelorn J-Lo on the sidelines, while a cast of standard-issue supporting characters (especially Stanley Tucci's clandestine faux-Latin dance lover) provide a generous dose of Hollywood-ized comic relief. All of this gives Shall We Dance? a polished sheen of mainstream entertainment that many viewers---and especially ballroom dancers--will find delightfully irresistible. --Jeff Shannon
We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'."
So why did you all start dancing?
I'm getting married in September. She would like to see me lose a few pounds. I told her it wouldn't work.
I think you're win that bet.
I'm here to meet ladys, you know what they say about men that can dacne...
They're great in bed.
Where do you hear this crap?
Everywhere, everywhere the guys that can dance get to pick their litter.
I'm here for the big dance compantion. All I need is a partner,
so that leaves you.
You're the only one that hasn't said why you're dancing.
I'm here to get some exercise like Vern.
Because I'm lousy in bed like Chic. That said it.