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Running Time:
86 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
The 1987 original wasn't the greatest film of the all time, but it was higly watchable and it danced circles around what is really a cinematic mess.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Yerba Buena music video - Guajira (I Love U 2 Much); Baila! a dance piece - features Diego Luna's and Romola Garai's dance auditions, rehearsals, interviews and more; Multiangle dance sequences; Inside Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights - a behind the scenes piece with cast and crew interviews; Deleted scenes; Commentary with co-producer/choreographer and producer; English and Spanish subtitles; Trailers.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
The film is set in the Cuban capital toward the close of the Batista regime, and ending with the success of the Castro revolution on New Year’s Day, 1959. But the attempt at political relevance is laughably naive, but so is the story and the dancing. 18-year-old Katey Vendetto (Romola Garai), a member of a well-to-do family, falls for Xavier Perez (Diego Luna), a busboy at the posh hotel where the family lives. Katey's mother (Sela Ward) puts down the boy being just a "Cuban pool boy." and her tattletale sister (Mika Boorem), observes, "he's just not like us," and she soon has him fired from his hotel job. So Katey decides to team up with Javier, who's a fantastic dancer, and compete in a local dance competition so that he'll be able to take his winnings to support his family. Of course, there are other complications, including the involvement of Javier’s brother Carlos (Rene Lavan) in the resistance. Luna is ingratiating as the local boy with the swivelling hips, an easy smile and impressive family loyalty, but the rest of the cast is unimpressive. The salsa dancing seems to have been wildly edited, because it seems like the leads just can't dance. Of course most of them don't seem to be very good actors either. There's one passable dance number in the beginning, but that's the only interesting choreography. Patrick Swayze from the original film appears as a dance instructor and of course he can dance, but except for a few brief steps, he isn't given the opportunity. When we finally get to the big dance contest, don't be surprised if you find yourself hoping that the judges refuse to give any couple the prize.

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