This dance movie has enough comedy to keep non-dancers
entertained and enthusiastic. In fact, the eclectic cast of
characters gives the movie a dash of slapstick. The goofy
characters keep the audience entertained during and between the
“Shall We Dance” is the story of John, a busy and unhappy estate
attorney played by Richard Gere. John begins spending lots of time
away from his wife and daughter. He starts taking ballroom dancing
classes to try and be closer to Paulina, the dance instructor
played by Jennifer Lopez. As John learns to dance he falls in love
with, not Paulina, but dancing.
His wife hires a private investigator to figure out why her
husband is always away from home. The detective, played by Richard
Jenkins, and his assistant, played by Nick Cannon, are two of the
funniest, cartoon like, characters in the film. The assistant
quotes Thoreau, while the detective is sloppy and drops bits of
Also amazing in the movie is Link, played by Stanley Tucci.
Seeing Link dancing in his “Latin lover” costume complete with
shoulder length wig and sequined skintight pants is enough to make
While many of the characters stand out, making the movie
comedic, Lopez fades into the background. Lopez acts as if she is
reading her lines, especially when compared to Gere. On the bright
side Lopez can dance better than anyone else in the film, but
dancing isn’t everything in this movie.
“Shall We Dance” is a good date movie; the audience was almost
entirely couples. Both men and women enjoyed the film and at times
the theatre was full of laughter. The characters are eclectic and
strange, but they come together wonderfully.
Two and a half out of four