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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.

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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 loved many years before. Frank decides to attend the dance school, and becomes involved with a variety of people. Originally beginning as a short film, Randall Miller's feature-length film was screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.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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Robert Carlyle
as Frank Keane
Marisa Tomei
as Meredith Morrison
Mary Steenburgen
as Marienne Hotchkiss
Sean Astin
as Kip Kipling
Donnie Wahlberg
as Randall Ipswitch
John Goodman
as Steve Mills
David Paymer
as Rafael Horowitz
Camryn Manheim
as Lisa Gobar
Adam Arkin
as Gabe DiFranco
Miguel Sandoval
as Matthew Smith
Patricia Fraser
as Marilyn Hotchkiss
Elden Henson
as Sampson/Young Steve ...
Ernie Hudson
as Blake Rische
Teresa Johnston
as Kate Collmary
Kelley Parker
as Young Lisa Gobar
Michael Ray Bower
as Tommy Tanksley
Joshua Horowitz
as Kenny Dulin
Maria Parkinson
as Miss Parkinson
Octavia Spencer
as Ayisha Lebaron
Ian Abercrombie
as Evrin Sezgin
Dawn Balkin
as Sally Ann
Maggie Baird
as Linda Sue
David St. James
as Cameron McGee
Tom Dahlgren
as Sy Cranwinkle
Kate Mulligan
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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