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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School


A widowed man's life turns upside down when he embarks on a journey to find a dying man's long lost love.


Robert Carlyle    Marisa Tomei    Mary Steenburgen
Sean Astin    Donnie Wahlberg    Danny DeVito    John Goodman


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What the critics say

At once warm and compassionate, tender and touching, "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" is a wonderful little film filled with big ideas and virtuoso performances (Carlyle, for one, has rarely been better). It's about finishing what you started, and starting over. It may well spend more time focusing on the heart-to- heart than it does coaching the cheek-to-cheek but nevertheless it's an experience that makes the after school special... and undeniably worthy of your attendance. David N. Butterworth,

Carlyle and Tomei have never been better, leading off an equally impressive supporting cast. Wade Major,

Carlyle is light on his feet and easy on the eyes. James Greenberg,

A number of the actors shine. The pale Carlyle, a Scot who doesn't attempt an American accent (making Frank seem all the more alienated), lets us see his character slowly waking up, with the too-often-underrated Tomei quite touching as the woman who helps him. There's something sad in Meredith's wide, tremulous smile, which is what pulls Frank in. Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times

Carlyle has a difficult role to play, that of the sensitive male, made all the more difficult by what seems to be his inherently macho charisma.  Maybe it was his psycho Begbie role in “Trainspotting” (1996) or perhaps his hard drinking IRA father role in the slums of Limerick in “Angela’s Ashes,” (1999) but he just naturally looks tough.  Nonetheless, he pulls some of that “Full Monty” charm out of the hat to put out a corker of a performance as the heart broken Keene who has a meeting with fate that he would never have imagined. Ron Wilkinson,