Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing &amp; Charm School (12A) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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This should come with a warning about not driving or operating heavy machinery afterwards, so soporific is its effect. Robert Carlyle plays a widowed baker who rediscovers his mojo through the healing power of ballroom dancing, a class he first attends at the behest of a dying man (John Goodman) who has a long-standing arrangement to meet there with his childhood sweetheart.

Goodman gets to play the longest death scene in cinema as he reminisces about his Sixties childhood, while Carlyle spends the first half of the movie looking shellshocked, as well he might - is he perhaps wondering how he got talked into this?

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