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I Won't Dance
on November 25, 2000
Originally filmed under the title "I Won't Dance" due to the protagonist's crippled leg, the last-minute switcheroo might've doomed this movie's chances(it now sounds like a rip-off of Billy Joel's unctuous song!). McNichol is really 2 people in this movie: subdued, blandly pleasant Susan in the first half--sassy and silly Susan in the second. What went wrong? McNichol left the project in real life due to a chemical imbalance, and the movie was put on hold for an entire year!(McNichol "recovered" in 2 weeks, but the film's snowy second-half required waiting for another wintry season... No wonder her character doesn't hang together) Fortunately, the script is good, relying on clever dialouge rather than slapstick or farcial situations. And McNichol, despite seeming a bit schizophrenic, really gives this a boost. It would be unwatchable with another, less capable actress. Overall, an enjoyable, breezy couple of hours. Yet the film's real-life troubles can't quite be masked--and what happened to the ending?