Shall We Dance, 2004, with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Jennifer Lopez, astounded me. I thought I would hate it. A businessman has a mid-life crisis -- so who cares. And he solves it by learning to ballroom dance -- oh, come on.
But it is fascinating, yes, even the dancing. It reminded me that I was a good dancer, once, in high school, before W.W.II. I even had the ambition to at some time in my life, go to a dance in full formal, not just tux, full formal tails, pure white, like Fred Astaire. (That's laughable now, but back then, well...)
Susan has a line that brought me up short, woke me up. She says, "We each need a witness to our lives." We need someone to watch our successes and crises. Wow, I thought, that's why we pair off in daily lives and online. We need someone to be a witness to the things we are proud of, and even the pains we bear. How come I hadn't thought of that before?
Oh, and Jennifer Lopez wears a dress in the last scene that rivals the one that brought her to our attention at the Oscars or Emmys a few years back, the one that made Time and AOL pages. And little J-Lo can act with the likes of Gere and Sarandon.
A happy surprise on a Saturday afternoon.