daylyn (daylyn) wrote,

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Go to the movies! See "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"

This week I saw a pre-release screening of a wonderful new film, Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School. It’s sweet. It’s sentimental. It’s charming. It’s romantic. All in all, it’s just a wonderful film.

It’s a story about learning to live again after loss. Everyone is a little bit “broken”, but life has many twists of fate, and you never know how abruptly your life can change. I was deeply touched by this film and absolutely loved it.

It has a wonderful cast, including Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Danny DeVito, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, and many, many more.

After the screening I saw, the director, Randy Miller, and his wife, Jody Savin, spoke to the audience (they also co-wrote and co-produced the film), telling them how the film started as a short film 15 years ago about childhood innocence, and how it develop after their own personal losses into this tale of life’s little twists. They actually incorporated the earlier footage through a series of flashbacks, as John Goodman’s character looks back on his childhood sweetheart.

The couple said that they believed in this project so much that they actually took out a second mortgage on their home to help finance it. They are absolutely amazing people, who put everything on the line to do something they believe in. I was so impressed by their dedication.

Sadly, the critics seem to dislike this charming, sweet, sentimental film. I just don’t understand why, because this is such a wonderful tale and the audience absolutely loved it. (well, at least some major critics like it…)

I’ve never been moved to do this before, but I just want everyone to know what a wonderful film this and to urge you to go see it (and to ignore the critics with their heads up their arse’s who wouldn’t know a sweet romantic tale if it came up and bit them).

So check out the website, watch the trailer, and find a theater near you.

Enjoy the movie!

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