Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter S


Something good, happy, nice, and wonderful is developing in our home. I can't put my finger on it. Just feels like it. Purrrrrrr.

Miss Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005)
Setting: Any bucolic town USA (movie was shot in the Pasadena and Glendale area)

Frank (played by Robert Carlyle) is a grieving widower who gets passed on a dangerous mountainous road by happy guy Steve (performed by John Goodman). Minutes later Frank catches up to Steve who somehow crashed on a wide portion of the road. Frank keeps Steve talking while waiting for the ambulance and during the ambulance ride. Steve tells him about being a kid in love with Lisa and taking ballroom dance classes from Miss Hotchkiss. Young Steve and Lisa promised each other that they would meet on a certain day in the distant future at Miss Hotchkiss' school, which was where adult Steve had been heading.

Steve got Frank to promise to go to the school and tell Lisa that he tried to get there. Frank does. Before he knows it, the current Miss Hotchkiss (daughter of the original Miss Hotchkiss) is teaching Frank how to dance. With each new partner, Franks asks if she is Lisa. No Lisa.

Widower Frank is part of a support group of grieving husbands. At the meeting after that dance class, some of his group notices that Frank is different somehow. Frank tells the group that he's taking dance classes. Surprised and envious looks. Purrrrrrrrr.

With each dance class, Frank works out more of his grieving. How does that happen? What happens to the support group? Does Frank ever find Lisa? What happened to Steve, by the way? What about Miss Hotchkiss and her school?




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: It's time for ABC Wednesday. The letter is S. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter. Thank you,  ABCW team!

18 comments:

  1. I've never heard of that film but it sounds and looks quite interesting, and I do like most things with dancing in them. I liked Robert Carlyle in The Full Monty - I presume you must have seen it but if you haven't it's definitely worth watching :)

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    1. You may like this one, Eunice. I must see The Full Monty again. Can't remember about it other than the tall older man in his raincoat.

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  2. Hmm ~ unique film that I haven't heard of either ~ sounds enjoyable ~ ^_^

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. What Molly forgot to mention was that the kid scenes were from the original short film by the director.

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  3. I love this film. It was so much fun, heartwarming and even a bit strange but I really enjoyed it

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    1. This movie clenched Carlyle among my favorite Scottish actors.

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  4. So then, lets put on the music and dance, which one you choose?

    For S the Samba perhaps?

    Have a splendid ABC-Wednes-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/21-s

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    1. I can probably dance 2 minutes of salsa before tiring. lol

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  5. Interesting story line of the film.

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    1. The director did a good job tying it all together.

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    1. As you probably know by now, I like to dig deep for movies I've not heard of before. :-)

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  7. Another good one for the TBW pile ... thanks, Molly. :)

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)