EW Staff
February 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Strictly Ballroom

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
94 minutes
performer
Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Gia Carides
director
Baz Luhrmann
author
Baz Luhrmann
genre
Comedy, musical

We gave it a B-

STRICTLY BALLROOM Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice (1992, Touchstone, PG, priced for rental) Enormously entertaining, this larger-than-life tribute to ballroom dancing is the closest modern movies have come to comic-book romance. As the rebel hoofer (Mercurio) and the wallflower (Morice) step the night away toward a championship, the movie is like Rocky with dip and glide. Directed with a choreographer’s knowing and passionate eye by Baz Luhrmann, it may be diminished in size by video but not in spirit. It is just plain swell. A -LO’T

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