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Love N’ Dancing (DVD Review)

21 Sep, 2009 By: Angelique Flores

Love N Dancing

Prebook 9/22/09; Street 10/20/09
Universal/Screen Media
Box Office $0.05 million
$24.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some sexual references.
Stars Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, Billy Zane, Betty White, Rachel Dratch, Caroline Rhea, Benji Schwimmer.

Love N’ Dancing is about just that: love and dancing.

Jessica (Amy Smart) and Kent (Billy Zane) are engaged. Wanting to learn to dance with her future husband, Jessica signs them up for swing dance lessons. The teacher, Jake (Tom Malloy), is deaf.

However, Kent’s Bluetooth is constantly attached to his ear, and he’s more involved with his job than his relationship with Jessica. So he never makes it to the lessons, and Jessica ends up taking private lessons.

In typical fashion, girl is in a bad relationship, girl finds a nicer guy and girl falls in love with the nicer guy. While this is the crux of the love story, the film has a lot more to it than that.

During the dance lessons, which end up as practices to compete in a swing dance championship, Jessica helps Jake face his defeatist attitude. And Jake helps Jessica find happiness. 

The film is dotted with several recognizable actors. Caroline Rhea plays Jessica’s funny friend. Rachel Dratch plays a neurotic, bulimic lesbian who works at the dance studio. Quirky characters such as these two as well as the feisty, sexy dance teacher Danielle provide some laughs and charm to the serious drama. Even Kent throws in some comic relief that help make him likable. 

The film feels like the stepchild of Shall We Dance? and Step Up with a sweet Disney-like ending. There’s not as much dancing as you might expect in a dance movie, but there are fun dance sequences in the beginning and the end. And in the middle is a nice feel-good romantic dramedy.

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