Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School ()

directed by Randall Miller
featuring Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen, John Goodman, Sean Astin

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Randall Miller's Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School compiles an all-star cast to tell an unabashedly emotional story about life, love, and destiny. Robert Carlyle portrays Frank Keane, a man who has been in a deep depression ever since his wife passed away. One day while driving, Frank sees an accident. He investigates the scene to see if he can help and meets a dying stranger (John Goodman), who tells Frank that he was headed to a dance school in order to reunite with a woman he loved many years before. ...

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Mar 12, 2011

If Dancing Be The Food Of Love...

Who isn't a sucker for a plot where the tongue-tied and hopeless hero is transformed by music and love?
Frank (Robert Carlyle) is in therapy and still grieving for his dead wife when he comes upon a road accident. As a last promise, Frank agrees to keep the dying victim's rendezvous at a Dancing School run by Miss Hotchkiss (Mary Steenburgen) which opens the door of his arid life to music, dancing and love when he meets Marisa Tomei, a shy girl with past grief of her own. It's all cartoon material in a way; no-one gets permanently hurt even though there are a couple of 'dust-ups', and everyone wins in the end.
It's all a lot of fun with a sort of naive and rose-coloured philosophy, and a nice change from the Sturm und Drang cinema.
John Goodman is the dying man, Danny de Vito makes a brief appearance, all the characters are interesting, and the viewers enjoy themselves.

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