Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Movie Review: ****Strictly Ballroom (1992)

This is a movie about a man and a woman, and an unlikely partnership.  Fran (Tara Morice) is a beginning dancer and Scott (Paul Merucrio) is an accomplished, championship level dancer, but wants to do his own steps which is frowned upon.  His partner leaves him, and Scott needs a new partner for the championship.  Fran offers herself, saying they can dance new steps together.  Scott is doubtful, but intrigued enough to start practicing with Fran while he tries out other girls (who don't work out).  He commits to Fran, when another championship level dancer becomes available as her partner retires.  Her family expects him to dance with the new girl.  The head of the dance organization, Barry Fife (Bill Hunter) tells a story about Scott's father losing out on the champions because he danced his own steps.  He needs a championship.  So Scott relents, crushing Fran's hopes, although she does come to thee competition and dances with the beginners.  Scott's father sets him strait on the story.  He did not dance at the competition because Fife convinced his wife to dance with someone else, so Fife could win.  This year he is manipulating things the same way, already having promised the championship to a couple.  Scott leaves his chosen partner, and dances the Latina dance with Fran, so he can dance the way he wants.  Fran's family is from Spain, and they have practiced and practiced.  Even though the music is turned off, even though Fife announces they are disqualified, they continue to dance, and bring down the house.
This show had a way of making me care about thee actors, and giving a look at the ballroom scene, in Australia.  This is and Australian film.
There is one scene not appropriate for children.  Nothing is shown, but lovemaking is implied, although one partner quits.  This film is rated PG.

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