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Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

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Source: Catholic News Service

The wish of a dying man (John Goodman) leads an emotionally scarred widower (Robert Carlyle) to a dance class where he -- and later his fellow bereavement group mates (Sean Astin, Ernie Hudson, David Paymer and Adam Arkin) -- finds fulfillment, and, in his case, love. Director and co-writer Randall Miller's compassionate film has touching moments and several redemptive situations, and is well acted by its impressive cast (Mary Steenburgen, Donnie Wahlberg, Camryn Manheim and Sonia Braga), but its jagged pace, often-stilted dialogue and washed-out color palette make the film ultimately more dreary than uplifting. A few rough and crude words and expressions, a nongraphic premarital sexual encounter, fleeting sexual banter, a car wreck and a bloody victim, a suicide theme and the dispersal of cremated remains. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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