Owen Gleiberman
May 30, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mad Hot Ballroom

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/13/05
director
Marilyn Agrelo
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Amy Sewell
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B

New York fifth graders do the merengue and the tango — a hilarious image, since they’re oblivious to the sensual aspect of the dances. This documentary flirts with treating children as exotic pets, yet it ends up as a testament to kids who swing.

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