Strictly Ballroom (1992)
This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment. Before he's scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he's forced to take up a new partner (Tara Morice), a beginner who initially seems without promise. With his help, she turns into an assured and wonderful dancer. Baz Luhrmann's visual style may be too bright, gaudy and exaggerated for some tastes, yet he treats his characters with compassion, which makes Strictly Ballroom such an engaging comedy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Strictly Ballroom
so reserved for Luhrmann as a director, yet it is as fabulous and colorful as any other film out there
A crow-pleaster hat took the inernational festival circuit by storm and put Aussie filmmaker Luhrmann on the map as a talent to watch.
Listen to the rhythm of your heart in Strictly Ballroom, where tears and laughter blend seamlessly in an extravagantly theatrical story about love, dreams and overcoming your fears.
An Australian classic - and deservedly so!
The exuberant film was breezy, well-acted and easy to like even if it was fluff.
Though made for a fraction of [Moulin Rouge]'s budget and with no big stars,Strictly Ballroom is the better film in every way.
Lots of laughs, lots of style: Strictly Ballroom is a wonderful prelude to Luhrmann's next two films.
More fun for ballroom enthusiasts than for the rest of us; cheeky, but totally overloaded.
Great dance movie and a preview of what Lurhmann will be capable of in the future.
Kind of like Luhrmann Meets John Waters. Great fun.
Funny, charming and energetic. Baz Lurhman's warm-up to MOULIN ROUGE.
An occasional lack of coherence inhibits our ability to truly embrace the actors and their twinkle-toed exploits
A delightful confection from Baz Luhrmann, fresher and lighter on its feet than Moulin Rouge!
The plot is predictable, to be sure, but it's fun to follow along... Highly enjoyable no matter what one's taste in music or dance.
Ten years ago, Baz Luhrmann made a quirky film version of a play based on his childhood experiences
A feel good movie about two daring souls who break new ground by not letting fear close them down.
Audience Reviews for Strictly Ballroom
"Vivir con miedo es como vivir en medias."
I thoroughly enjoyed this film!! It was bright! It was jazzy! It was fun! It was unique! And above all.... AUSTRALIAN! Baz Luhrmann will never cease to visually dazzle me. Gorgeous and sweet!
A weird assortment of motley characters who don't really have a purpose in the story other than to be weird. I liked the dancing, and Baz Luhrmann's...don't know how to describe it, Japanese game show...? visuals were to say in the least, original. But, it's not much of a story, and I don't think it ever is with Luhrmann actually (Moulin Rouge = courtesan dies, Romeo and Juliet = they both die, this one = nobody dies but they hook up, which is good), and it's sort of funny sometimes but I guess I don't really GET Australian humor so I don't know. On the fence with this one. Paul Mercurio is super sexy, nevertheless.More
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