If Dancing Be The Food Of Love... Mar 12, 2011
Who isn't a sucker for a plot where the tongue-tied and hopeless hero is transformed by music and love?
Frank (Robert Carlyle) is in therapy and still grieving for his dead wife when he comes upon a road accident. As a last promise, Frank agrees to keep the dying victim's rendezvous at a Dancing School run by Miss Hotchkiss (Mary Steenburgen) which opens the door of his arid life to music, dancing and love when he meets Marisa Tomei, a shy girl with past grief of her own. It's all cartoon material in a way; no-one gets permanently hurt even though there are a couple of 'dust-ups', and everyone wins in the end.
It's all a lot of fun with a sort of naive and rose-coloured philosophy, and a nice change from the Sturm und Drang cinema.
John Goodman is the dying man, Danny de Vito makes a brief appearance, all the characters are interesting, and the viewers enjoy themselves.