Directed by Peter Chelsom, starring Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Ann Walter, Stanley Tucci, Anita Gillette, Bobby Cannavale, Omar Benson Miller, Tamara Hope and Stark Sands.
Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon firmly stamp themselves with the tag of 'those who should have known better' as they join forces for a below-par remake of the Japanese film 'Shall We Dansu?', that is nothing short of cringe-worthy throughout.
John Clark (Gere) has reached a crossroads in his life. Content with his job and indeed his home life, he is beginning to wonder if quiet contentment is all there is to hope for. For a brief few seconds as he stares out of the train window every evening on his way home from work, he glimpses a taste of something that offers the potential for excitement.
Dance instructor Paulina (Lopez), who is prone to staring out the window of the dance studio where she works, often locks eyes with John as his train rushes past her. The silent stares between the two soon develop into something unsaid, an awkward silence (or ideally that is the impression we should get.). So one evening, out of the blue (as in not at all predictably) John gets off his train and signs up for some dance classes in the hope of meeting the elusive Paulina.
But when Paulina makes it clear that she isn't interested in anything but dance, John begins to see his new hobby with a new-found enthusiasm. All the time, keeping his new dance obsession from his family, he goes into training to compete in the state finals. But his hobby is soon rumbled when wife Beverly (Sarandon) becomes suspicious of the late hours he is keeping and sends a private investigator to check out his whereabouts. Can you feel the tension already?
In short, there's not much plot here and what little there is becomes swallowed up by some mediocre acting and fluffy dialogue. So if you had been thinking 'how bad could it be?', then think again. This isn't 'Dirty Dancing', 'Strictly Ballroom', or even 'Save the Last Dance'. Rather than inspiring you to dust off your dancing shoes, this is more likely to make you want to put on your running shoes, in the hope that they'd ensure a speedier exit from the cinema.
So if dancing floats your boat then sign up to a dance class. At least you might get some enjoyment out of that.