The Worst Movie That Changed My Life

I saw it sitting there on the shelf in HMV reduced to less than a tenner. Since cheesy dance-themed movies were one of my many guilty pleasures I thought I’d treat myself.


I got home, showed my housemates my new purchase and asked if anyone wanted to watch my new movie with me. The answer was a unanimous NO! Ok, you don’t expect oscar-worthy performances from J-Lo but it also starred Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, so I figured it couldn’t have been that bad.


I was wrong.


It was terrible. Jennifer Lopez’s acting was a wooden as usual. The storyline was at sometimes cringeworthy. But there was one moment where Susan Sarandon’s character is sitting in the bar chatting with a private investigator she’s hired to see if her husband is cheating on her. They talk about love and why people get married.


I burst in to tears. I mean sobbing like a baby.


From this terrible movie came something so beautiful and profound. Words that touched me deeply. Words that have stayed with me ever since, and in so many ways are why I chose to pursue a career in wedding photography.


Want to know what they were? Here you go:


There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.


And the film?
Shall We Dance Movie Poster



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