Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Poster

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: July 4th, 2006

PG-13|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
Widower Frank (Robert Carlyle), still overcome with grief at the death of his wife, helps stranger Steve (John Goodman) fulfill his dying wish: to reunite with a former love, Marienne (Mary Steenburgen), now the proprietor of a Pasadena, Calif., dance school. Frank's promise to the man sets into motion his own journey of self-discovery when he attends classes at the school and meets the lovely Meredith (Marisa Tomei), a woman beset by her own troubles.

Cast: Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg, David Paymer, Camryn Manheim

Director: Randall Miller

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: Charm School

Keywords: Emotional, Car, Endearing, Sacrifice, Transformation, Friendship, 2000s, Charming, Love, Friend

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  • The adults at the Hotchkiss reunion are played by an assortment of splendid actors. show more

  • Expanded by writer-director Randall Miller from a nostalgic half-hour short he made while a student at AFI, this well-intentioned film about loss, grief and new beginnings gets bogged down in syrupy cliches and blunt self-help dialogue. show more

  • The film is an elegiac journey to a sweeter, more civilized place in the heart. Predictable and decidedly old-fashioned in its sensibility, the film is likely to win over audiences if not critics. show more

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