Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.7
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Tara Devon Gallagher Tara (herself -- a docu)
Madeleine Hackney Herself
Charlotte Jorgensen Final Competition Judge
Rodney Lopez Himself
Victoria Malvagno Herself
Stacee Mandeville Herself
Daniel Ponickly Himself
Ann Reinking Herself
Yomaira Reynoso Herself
Allison Sheniak Herself
If the delightful spectacle of preteen kids dancing the foxtrot and the merengue isn't enough to lure you in, add the pressure of a dance competition and the triumph of troubled kids finding self-respect through discipline--if Mad Hot Ballroom were a Hollywood movie, it would be too corny for words. Instead, it's an engrossing documentary about a wildly successful after-school program in New York City. Mad Hot Ballroom follows a handful of kids in three different schools from the beginning of their dance classes to the night of the inter-school dance finals. Regrettably, the movie fails to pursue the dancers themselves; a few scenes provide glimpses of some smart, articulate kids with vivid personalities and compelling emotions, but the filmmakers make a minimal effort to draw the kids out or explore their lives outside of the classes. Watching the kids develop as dancers is still gripping and the final competition will have you on the edge of your seat, but it could have been all the more so. Though certainly worthy and genuinely heartwarming, you can't help but feel that Mad Hot Ballroom lost an opportunity for something truly dazzling. --Bret Fetzer
Movie Details
Genre Documentary
Director Marilyn Agrelo
Producer Marilyn Agrelo; Amy Sewell
Writer Amy Sewell
Studio Paramount Pictures
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 105 mins
Movie Release Date 5/13/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 705
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/25/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 097363455547
Release Date 10/18/2005
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Features Not Specified
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