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Strictly Ballroom Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The dance-film equivalent of a female impersonator: The movie is absurd and sincere at the same time-it offers an insolent facsimile of grand passion.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What's best about the movie is the sense of madness and mania running just beneath its surface.

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  • 80

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    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The movie musical may not have been dead after all, just resting up until this lot came around. [12 Feb 1993, p.F10]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The movie is funny, energetic, and enjoyable -- the perfect film for a night or an afternoon out, regardless of what mood you're in. While the plot and characters don't boast any special depth, there's enough freshness to hold just about anyone's interest.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Zany ballroom dance farce is a romantic treat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's a bit of cursing, some drinking, and one brief scene with a half-clothed couple (not the protagonists) in bed. Younger kids may need a little help understanding why Fran's father is so outraged over his grown-up daughter's platonic friendship with a personable young man. The "mockumentary" format and the exaggerated, over-the-top humor might leave younger kids lost, but teens and sophisticated tweens will enjoy it.

  • Families can talk about the film's celebration of artistic integrity and joy over competitiveness. What's more important, playing to win or enjoying yourself? Should Scott and Fran expect to win the dance competition even though they break the rules? It's worth pointing out that unexpected revelations from Scott's hopelessly dorky father and his selfish dancing partner show that even the most unpromising people may have hidden depths of courage and generosity.

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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: One brief scene of a half-clothed couple in bed.

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    Language: Occasional mild profanity.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking, with consequences.