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Shake It (2001)

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Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 16 November 2001 (Denmark)
Jacob is a young man used to getting everything he wants. For several years, he has been living in a happy homosexual partnership with Jørgen, and one night Jacob decides to pop the big ... See full summary »

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Hella Joof

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Hella Joof (screenplay), Klaus Bondam (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... Jacob
Troels Lyby ... Jørgen
Charlotte Munck ... Caroline
Jesper Lohmann ... Tom
Oskar Walsøe Oskar Walsøe ... Oskar
Peter Frödin Peter Frödin ... Frederik
Nikolaj Steen ... Mads
Ditte Gråbøl Ditte Gråbøl ... Inge
Morten Kirkskov ... Adrian
Henning Jensen ... Palle
Pernille Højmark Pernille Højmark ... Ellen
Ellen Hillingsø ... Anne
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Bine
Thomas Winding Thomas Winding ... Hans Henrik
Klaus Bondam Klaus Bondam ... Præsten
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Storyline

Jacob is a young man used to getting everything he wants. For several years, he has been living in a happy homosexual partnership with Jørgen, and one night Jacob decides to pop the big question to Jørgen. Jørgen happily accepts Jacobs marriage proposal, but then something happens: Jacob falls in love with a girl, and not just any girl. The girl is Caroline, married to Jørgens younger brother Tom. Jacob's life suddenly gets very complicated, trying to figure out whether he wants to spend his life with Jørgen or Caroline. Most of all, he wants both! When Caroline gets pregnant with Jacob, matters are even more complicated. Written by Frustrator

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Germany

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

16 November 2001 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Shake Your Heart See more »

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Budget:

DKK 16,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The person Sørmand who Frederik talks about all the time is finally revealed in the photos during the end credits. It turns out to be the real-life TV host Søren Kaster who among other things was the first host of the Danish version of "Jeopardy!". See more »

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During the end credits photos show what happens later. E.g. the happy family with the new baby, Mads with the female cop, etc. See more »


Soundtracks

Open Sky
Music by Povl Kristian
Lyrics by Anne Larson
Performed by Nana La Cour Jacobi (as Nana Jacobi)
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You call this gay? No wonder Jacob wants to go straight!
7 February 2004 | by livewire-6See all my reviews

To quote the Bard, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." It is inconceivable that a movie like "Shake It All About" could be filmed, let alone marketed, in the 21st century. The movie's only nod to the current status of gay rights in Europe and North America is that its heroes plan to get married. But no mention is ever made of AIDS or condom usage. The secondary gay characters are a kaleidoscope of stereotypes that might have been acceptable 20 years ago in "La Cage aux Folles", or 30 years ago in "The Boys in the Band" -- but not today, in the 21st century. For pity's sake, the film even fades to lavender between scenes!

My friends and I hooted and hollered our way through the screening, shouting out catty remarks, which the picture rightly and amply deserved. A jilted bride walking down the street in her wedding gown drew a reference to Rhoda Morgenstern's wedding (remember that?). And the sight of two gay men riding horseback together reminded us of the "Welcome to Condom Country" ad campaign of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canada. I couldn't help adding, "That's the only stallion that was ridden in the film!"

I think "Shake It All About" deserves the title of Best Film ... of 1973. I left the film, somewhat shaken that such claptrap can still be served up in the name of gay comedy -- but not at all stirred.


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