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Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Yet another ballroom dancing movie presents dance as a universal balm that heals life’s problems in this mildly inspired dramatic comedy. A lonely widowed Frank Keane (Robert Carlyle) witnesses a car wreck and takes instruction from accident victim Steve Mills (John Goodman) to meet the dying man’s childhood love at Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, 40 years after the date was made. Frank discovers more than he bargained for in the alien environment of ballroom dance where a young woman named Meredith (Marisa Tomei) possesses a romantic glow. Special features include a commentary track with by writer/director Randall Miller, co-writer/producer Jody Savin, and actor Eldon Henson, and the original short film upon which the movie was based. Aspect ratio is presented in choice of widescreen 2.40:1 anamorphic or a "pan-and-scan version," sound quality is processed in Dolby Digital 5.0.

(Movie – Two Stars, DVD features – One Star) Rated PG-13, 103 mins. (Sony Pictures)

July 16, 2006 in Comedy, Drama | Permalink