Parents' Guide to

Shall We Dance?

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cute romance that is marred by homophobia.

Movie PG-13 2004 90 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Sweet movie

My daughter is a huge J.Lo fan so I've been finding movies with her in it. This is a sweet adaptation of a Japanese film. Maybe now that I am in my late 40's I appreciate it more. It's cute with one f-bomb in it that didn't really need to be in it, but it was in an appropriate place (as co-workers are teasing a gentleman for his love of dance)

Is It Any Good?

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SHALL WE DANCE? not only shows viewers the longing felt by its characters, it draws them in to sharing those feelings with them. Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, gives a performance of great delicacy and skill, showing viewers Paulina's fragility and dignity. And the music and dancing are sublime. You want John, Vern, and Chic to find their steps and rhythm. You may just do a little dancing of your own on your way home.

Each man is there because he wants to dance. John begins to see himself differently when he finds a way to move to music. His wife suspects an affair and hires a pair of detectives (Richard Jenkins of Six Feet Under and Nick Cannon from Drumline) to follow him. Though John is drawn to the melancholy dance teacher it is more out of curiosity and compassion than romance, and in the end, he finds an unexpected connection with a colleague from the office and with his own family.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 15, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: February 1, 2005
  • Cast: Jennifer Lopez , Richard Gere , Susan Sarandon
  • Director: Peter Chelsom
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors, Bisexual actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some sexual references and brief language
  • Last updated: August 22, 2023

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