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Do You Wanna Dance? (1999) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Comedy / Romance
Original Title: Do You Wanna Dance?
Director: Michael A. Nickles
Writers: Robert Krantz
Released: 1999
Duration: 1h 44min
Video type: Movie
Credited cast:
Robert Krantz Robert Krantz - Billy Duncan
Robert Costanzo Robert Costanzo - Father Chris
Patricia Skeriotis Patricia Skeriotis - Alexia
William Zane William Zane - Mr. Halikas
Laura Whyte Laura Whyte - Mrs. Constarakis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheila Lahey Sheila Lahey - Eleni
Connie Mason Connie Mason - Mrs. Whitley
Bru Muller Bru Muller - Alexia's lover
Jim Saltouros Jim Saltouros - Nick Halikas
Julia Wall Julia Wall - Nurse in Hallway

Reviews: [5]

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    Although Bob may feel that Father Chris is a stereotypical name for a Greek priest, that name was used because Father Chris is a real person. As a matter of fact Father Chris is my wife's uncle.

    This movie is based on the real story of the friendship between Father Chris and Bob Krantz. While the events in this movie took place several years ago, and Bob and his family have since moved out of Chicago, he and Father Chris still are very close, and see each other several times a year.

    The use of the Chicago Greek Community as a background was not intended to provide a "touch of novelty". That is the community in which the real story took place. Chicago's Greektown is less than a mile from the church where Father Chris serves as pastor.

    Despite Bob's feeling that the movie was sophomoric, I can assure him that the people and places portrayed in the movie are real.
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    This was a film that came before "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", so it would be unfair to this film to even be compared against that other more popular one, were it not for the fact they both basically deal with Greek-Americans living in America. This was a project conceived by the star, Robert Krantz. It is a mixture of genres, but it has its heart in the right place, and frankly, it is not a horrible movie.

    The main assets for the film involve a lot of dancing by Mr. Krantz, who plays Billy Duncan, a parolee that has been given a second chance, only to experience rejection as he is trying to go straight. The only person that believes in him is Father Chris, a Greek Orthodox priest that sees the goodness in the young man that has come to him and wants to belong to the community.

    Make no mistake, this is a formula film. As directed by Michael Nickles, himself an actor, the movie moves easily although we know from the start how it will end. Robert Constanzo, who appears as Father Chris, is engaging as the roly-poly priest that welcomes a stranger into his home and his heart. Patricia Skeriotis is Alexia, the woman that falls in love with Billy.

    Filmed around Chicago, supposedly during the winter, we couldn't help watching some green trees in the background close to Christmas time, a strange phenomenon for the Windy City.
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    Wouldn't have been so harsh as Bob but find it hard to disagree with him. Except that the credits do list a real Father Chris as technical advisor. The modern dancing was good though distractingly overprofessional (the dance teacher kept looking amazed; rightly so), the tired plot where the kid with a scrappy background needs to win the overprotected girl despite her parents' opposition and her betrothal to a jerk... well, that's an embarrassment though using the Greek community as background gave the opportunity for a touch of novelty. The Greek music and dancing were well used.
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    I always find it encouraging and refreshing to see a film whose purpose is to uplift its audience and remind us that there is a lot of good and a lot of innocence left in the world. Having seen this film at a local festival (at which the author appeared), I was enthusiastic about the subject matter and the message. I also enjoy supporting the independent filmmaker.

    For these reasons, the movie was all the more disappointing. Characters were superficially developed, and the messages, as well as the dialogue, seemed trite and simplistic. From time to time, these tendencies became so exaggerated that I felt a bit embarrassed for the actors. And despite his best efforts, I had difficulty shaking Robert Costanzo's (as Father Chris) history of portraying thugs and Mafia caricatures. Even the name "Father Chris" became distracting -- could we possibly have found a more stereotypical name for a Greek priest?

    "Do You Wanna Dance" tried hard to bring a tear to my eye. Call me cynical, but the film only succeeded in bringing a smirk to my face.
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    If a writer and director are to approach a genre, whether it is dance, drama or comedy, it's best to have insight or have done some homework and see what the trends are for the year it's to be released. Judging from this movie, it appears to have instead been set in the early '80s than the late '90s. Everything from the wardrobe and soundtrack to the beyond stereotypical characters and plot line hearkens back to that time when people and plots were clichéd and superficial.

    Some reviewers, if what's here qualify as reviews, highlight that it's based on real people with a fictionalized story. What does that have to do with how good, or not, it is? The approach to dialogue and character was mediocre and stunted, like the screenwriter had never known a dance instructor, priest or anyone on probation. And the old "against all odds" is, well, old; at least how it's done here. The main role isn't sympathetic; he has enough for himself - everyone else is secondary. Some classes in character and plot development might be in order, as may be some actual film research and reviewing.