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Jig (2011)



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Jig is the remarkable story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Three thousand dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds they compete for the coveted world titles. A year of incredibly hard work for just a few tense minutes on stage. This feature length documentary was given access for the very first time to the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing. Wonderful characters of all ages from across the globe: Ireland, Holland, Britain, America and Russia. Jig discovers a world of dedication, hard work, obsession, passion. Success and failure. And astonishing talents pushed to their limits in the quest for perfection. -- (C) Screen Media

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (15)

The practice and performance sequences are compelling, but the history of the dance style, the intricacies of judging and the personalities of the hoofers are hardly addressed.

Full Review… | August 25, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's not the best movie you'll ever see, but as movies about Irish dance competitions go, well, it's pretty high on that list.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011
Arizona Republic
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Uncovers the sweat and toil behind all the sparkly outfits and clickety-clack footwork.

Full Review… | June 22, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Bourne shows little knowledge or curiosity about her subject and doesn't find its magic in this pedestrian documentary.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Globe and Mail
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Bourne belabors the judges' final decision to such an excruciating length, it makes the whole movie feel a bit more cloddish than it should.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
New York Daily News
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Too close to a TV dance competition show to go far in theaters.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Jig

I think this is one truly amazing film, who could've thought of making a documentary on Irish dancing? I was engaged through out the whole film, the editing was amazing and the individual stories were great too. It's an inspiring film that makes you feel good inside and out.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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This is the kind of documentary that I enjoy. It is a well done look into the world of competitive Irish dancing and gives you an education about an event that most people don't know exists.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

Toddlers in Tiaras....with Talent! Typical edge of your seat documentary with amazing dancing by some very dedicated little boys and girls. And then there are the costumes.....and the wigs....and the bouncing parents.....

Nancy Scott
Nancy Scott

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