Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2006)



Critic Consensus: Clumsily staged and brimming with melodrama and trite self-help cliches, this dance movie stays stuck at amateur level.

Movie Info

Randall Miller's Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School compiles an all-star cast to tell an unabashedly emotional story about life, love, and destiny. Robert Carlyle portrays Frank Keane, a man who has been in a deep depression ever since his wife passed away. One day while driving, Frank sees an accident. He investigates the scene to see if he can help and meets a dying stranger (John Goodman), who tells Frank that he was headed to a dance school in order to reunite with a woman he … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Randall Miller, Jody Savin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 4, 2006
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Frank Keane

as Meredith Morrison

as Marienne Hotchkiss

as Kip Kipling

as Randall Ipswitch

as Steve Mills

as Rafael Horowitz

as Lisa Gobar

as Gabe DiFranco

as Matthew Smith

as Marilyn Hotchkiss

as Sampson/Young Steve ...

as Blake Rische

as Kate Collmary

as Young Lisa Gobar

as Tommy Tanksley

as Kenny Dulin

as Miss Parkinson

as Ayisha Lebaron

as Evrin Sezgin

as Sally Ann

as Linda Sue

as Cameron McGee

as Sy Cranwinkle

as Mrs. Mills
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Critic Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (25)

Miller has all but smothered the charm right out of his Charm School.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The picture trivializes the characters, hinting at depths it can't depict, aiming at a profundity of feeling it can't begin to reach.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Beyond Wahlberg's deft moves, School's dancing is leaden, not charming, and the only challenge is enduring the film's lumbering progress until it finally clicks at the end.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Predictable and decidedly old-fashioned in its sensibility, the film is likely to win over audiences if not critics.

April 8, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

While it's at times too melodramatic and formulaic to be entirely successful, it still holds some appeal; its very amateurishness is what makes it charming.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Yet another ballroom dancing movie presents dance as a universal balm that heals life's problems in this mildly inspired dramatic comedy.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

Audience Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Totally cute and funny.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Stars for having such a great cast. John Goodman plays a memorable character, and it has Ernie Hudson so you know you want some.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


I absolutely ADORE Mary Steenburgen but she is a horrible dancer. Carlyle was excellent. Rest of film was farfetched and flighty.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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