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.
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
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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 Peter Jelliffe
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
as Mrs. Jelliffe
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Critic Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
The picture trivializes the characters, hinting at depths it can't depict, aiming at a profundity of feeling it can't begin to reach.
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.
Predictable and decidedly old-fashioned in its sensibility, the film is likely to win over audiences if not critics.
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.
Audience Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
Totally cute and funny.
Stars for having such a great cast. John Goodman plays a memorable character, and it has Ernie Hudson so you know you want some.
I absolutely ADORE Mary Steenburgen but she is a horrible dancer. Carlyle was excellent. Rest of film was farfetched and flighty.
Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Quotes
|Steve Mills:||Swearing and making girls cry was the most important thing.|
|Randall Ipswitch:||No matter what happened, we would meet on the fifth day of the fifth month of the fifth year of the new millennium at Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School.|
|Randall Ipswitch:||With all due respect, it is painfully obvious that those 'professional' critics who have less than thoughtful words for this masterpiece have not at all lived a full life. As one who has loved and lost, held someone as they've faded into another existence; one who has suffered the passing of that one soul who is the meaning for their existence, as one who has both saved a life and taken one inadvertently, one who has found salvation in both a capsule and a career, found that the one-time bane of their existence has been their greatest teacher, and has survived to still view life on this earth as a wonderful gift... talk to me on your deathbed and try to choke out your same naive views.|
|Marianne Hotchkiss:||Dance is a very powerful drug Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously, it can exorcise demons, access deep seated emotions and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance if one is ever to reap its rewards.|
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