Love N' Dancing
|Love N' Dancing|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Iscove|
|Produced by||Samuel Benedict|
|Written by||Tom Malloy|
|Edited by||Casey O. Rohrs|
|Distributed by||Screen Media Films|
Love N' Dancing is a 2009 film about a couple who take part in a competition in the world of swing dancing. The film was directed by Robert Iscove, and stars Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, and Billy Zane. Emmy Award-winning Jeff Bihlman, and scot Little Bihlman contributed 7 original songs to complete the 'Love N' Dancing' soundtrack.
Jessica Donovan (Amy Smart) is engaged to workaholic Kent (played by Billy Zane) and they decide to take dancing classes for their wedding. However Kent is so busy with his work that he misses all of the lessons. Jessica, however, develops a liking for dancing, and ultimately, for the dance teacher Jake (played by Tom Malloy). Jake is deaf (he uses hearing aids) but is a two-time former US Open Swing Dancing Champion. His former partner Corrine is now a judge in the Open Tournaments. Jake and Corrine also have a history as they were engaged but Corrine cheated on him which ultimately led to their break up.
With every lesson, Jessica's interest in both dancing and Jake increases dramatically. At the same time, her fiance's behaviour becomes unpleasant; partly because she is too busy to cook at home, and partly because he's jealous that she spends too much time dancing with Jake.
Jessica shows both skill and talent; Jake asks her to participate in the National Open Swing competition. This leads to more unpleasantness between her and Kent and eventually she breaks up with him. Jake and Jessica also realize they have great chemistry and finally express their feelings for another just before it's time to participate in the competition.
At the competition, Corrine is on the panel of judges for this dance. Jake and Jessica manage to dance well and avoid the post-performance bickering of many of the other couples. A series of "where are they now" titles then reveals the future trajectories of the major characters.
- Amy Smart as Jessica Donovan
- Tom Malloy as Jake Mitchell
- Billy Zane as Kent Krandel
- Caroline Rhea as Bonnie
- Nicola Royston as Corrine Kennedy
- Leila Arcieri as Danielle
- Rachel Dratch as Kalle
- Betty White as Irene
The film didn't perform well at Box Office due to its widest release in very few theaters earning $47,812 in domestic theaters and $26,036 from foreign theaters. The movie grossed $73,848 worldwide.
The movie received mostly negative reviews from the critics. The film holds 18% rating from Rotten Tomatoes receiving only 1 out of 5 stars based on 4 votes. Metacritic gave the movie 2/5 stars based on 4 reviews and revieving 43% rating. IMDb gave the movie 5.4/10 rating based on 1,394 votes.
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