Musical Chairs

Wednesday, September 28 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Musical Chairs

JOY REVIEW

Susan Seidelman directs Musical Chairs, and her subject of this film is not exactly clear. It’s sort of a combination, or really a movie that’s kind of smushed together. On the one hand, it’s a movie about a young Latino man who loves tango, and so part of it is kind of a Latino sitcom about the family that doesn’t understand him.  Part of it is also kind of Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta having a crush on the dance instructor, and then part of it is sort of, I guess, an affair to remember where the dance teacher is in an accident and then it becomes about wheelchair ballroom dancing which is the part I liked best about it because all the rest of that seems, as you can hear from my description, fairly derivative. But what I liked about it was that they had the World Series for the World Competition of wheelchair ballroom dancing. And if you hang in there, it’s actually a better movie than that description would warrant. So the smushed part together I thought, as I said, was fairly derivative, even though the cast is appealing. But the part I liked best was probably the ballroom dancing stuff. I’d give it three stars.

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