So you think you can watch a movie about dance? Good, because this is a pleasing, modern-day romance with dance, the spectacular kind you see on those reality TV shows. At the center of this low-budget triumph which blends colorful characters with lively musical sequences, is screenwriter Tom Malloy, a motivational speaker, stand-up comedian and top West Coast swing dancing star who also portrays Jake, a onetime champion hoofer now retired and running a dance school. Jake is deaf and at a low ebb in his career but comes out of his downward spiral when he meets Jessica (Amy Smart), a would-be dancer searching for validation. She's about to marry Kent (Billy Zane), a business-obsessed jerk, so it doesn't take many intimate lessons before she and Jake are in step - and in love. Jake also has to deal with a former lover (Nicola Royston) who wants him back and who judges the contests. Jessica slowly emerges from her negativity beautifully costumed for the dance sequences, and Kent is forced to re-evaluate his ego-driven lifestyle. The climactic dance sequences borrow duos from the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." Bonus features include cast commentary and 30 minutes of a West Coast swing dance lesson led by the film's choreographer, Robert Royston. - John Stanley SF Chronicle.
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