Rarely do theatrical releases emphasize the important theme of "ability" versus "disability" that this movie does so well. [b]Love N' Dancing[/b] is not just a film about someone who is hearing-impaired finding love and acceptance, but it highlights a theme important to life: accepting our own limitations and finding the courage to triumph over them. Sometimes you need someone else to help you realize that you have more courage and determination than you give yourself credit for. With these qualities, you are then able to harness the power within to challenge, and eventually overcome, the face of adversity.
In this movie, the adversity is a hearing loss. Jake has failed to accept his hearing loss as among the greatest gifts that he has been given. He meets Jessica, a teacher who lacks self-confidence, during an assembly at a New Jersey middle school. Jake and Jessica begin to support each other as the movie progresses, with Jessica helping Jake fully accept his hearing loss while Jake helps Jessica learn to believe in herself, subsequently increasing her self-confidence in teaching and in dancing.
Billy Zane's character (Kent) fails to support and encourage his fiancee (Jessica) emotionally in her new endeavor. Kent also, by extension, represents those kinds of people you encounter who are usually negative in life and actually prevent you from achieving high self-esteem and self-confidence, which are so important in realizing your dreams. Most "relationship" movies don't emphasize this "ability" aspect as well as this movie does. For these reasons, I loved Love N' Dancing and the important life messages it conveys to the viewer. I urge you to see the movie with this philosophical understanding, and you may never look at a "disabled" person in the same way again!
[i]I should know. I have triumphed over my disability![/i]