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Shall We Dance (2004)



Critic Consensus: The cast is warmly appealing, but with the loss of cultural context and addition of big-name celebrities, this American version loses the nuances of the original.

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Directed by Peter Chelsom, this film is the English-language remake of Masayuki Suo's 1995 romantic comedy of the same name; the Japanese version earned a record-breaking 9.5 million dollars in United States box offices. Shall We Dance? revolves around John Clark (Richard Gere), a workaholic Chicago lawyer who, despite a respectable paycheck and loving family, is unable to shake the feeling that something in his life is missing. On a whim, John disrupts his normal evening commute to attend a dance class in hopes of meeting Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), a beautiful dance teacher he would occasionally spot gazing out of the studio windows. Though Paulina quickly lays to rest any preconceived romantic notions John may have had about her, she nonetheless forms a bond with him that goes beyond those normally held by a teacher and student. Invigorated with his new hobby, John focuses his newfound enthusiasm into training for an upcoming dance competition; however, he chooses not to let his wife (Susan Sarandon) in on his plans. Unaware that dance may be, in fact, saving her marriage, John's wife becomes suspicious of all the time he spends away from home and hires a private investigator to find out whether or not her husband is having an affair. Ultimately, John is forced to examine how his old dreams fit in to his new life. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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Richard Gere
as John Clark
Susan Sarandon
as Beverly Clark
Stanley Tucci
as Link Peterson
Anita Gillette
as Miss Mitzi
Nick Cannon
as Scottie
Tamara Hope
as Jenna Clark
Stark Sands
as Evan Clark
Ja Rule
as Hip-Hop Bar Performer
Sharon Bajer
as Woman at Party
Stan Lesk
as Flower Man
Sean O'Brian
as Parking Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Shall We Dance

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (49)

Cute romance that is marred by homophobia.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's rather cute, but only the truly girly will fall for the decidedly Officer And A Gentlemanly denouement that injects a belated sexy note.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Shall We Dance? stumbles into a tight corner between comedy and romance, failing to satisfy on either count.

February 15, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Now, twenty-six years after his theatrical debut, Gere gives what just might be his most bewitching performance to date, enlivening a picture to heights it would not have achieved without him.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Under the clunky direction of Peter Chelsom, while forced to mouth inane dialogue by Audrey Wells ... a swell bunch of troupers get mangled in a monsoon of clichés.

October 21, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Shall We Dance

Richard Gere ruined this film. That is all.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Exellent Movie

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


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!

Ginny  X
Ginny  X

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