Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

2006-03-30 12:42


Havana: November, 1958. 18-year-old Katey Vendetto (Romola Garai) brings an innate curiosity and a smattering of Spanish to her new life in Cuba's lush capital, where her father has taken an executive posting at Chrysler. Schooled by her parents in the art of ballroom dancing, Katey is expected to join the smart set of American teenagers who are the Vendettos' neighbors at the exclusive Hotel Miramar.

But Katey finds herself drawn instead to the proud, purposeful Xavier (Diego Luna), a pool boy who also happens to be brilliant dancer. Determined to learn the slinky, spectacular moves that Xavier seems to know in his bones, Katey persuades him to partner with her in a prestigious national dance competition at a local country club.

Meeting secretly in an out-of-the-way Havana nightclub, Katey and Xavier practice their steps, their bodies aligning in a sensual harmony that mirrors the growing passion between them. As the night of the contest finally arrives, Katey and Xavier are ready to take their place as a couple on the dance floor - unaware that the country club, and the streets of Havana itself, are about to erupt in revolutionary violence.

What the critics are saying:

"Luna and Gara struggle to look like they're having the time of their life. But the movie, more wan than wicked, proves you can't go home again."
- Guy Ferland, RollingStone

"Maybe I'm just a pushover. But I loved every corny, predictable minute of this sugary remake. It's called entertainment."
- Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune

"...we go to the movies to look at the pretty pictures on the screen, like infants who like bright toys dangled before them. And "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" is a great movie to look at..."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A thoroughly unnecessary reanimation of the 1987 pop classic, this movie is as sweet and light as a bag full of marshmallows and just as unsatisfying.

Liesel 2004/10/23 9:15 AM
Havanna Nights It was absolutely sensational, walked out with tears in my eyes.
Jane 2004/10/25 8:32 AM
To be avoided When even the teenagers burst out laughing at supposedly the most romantic point of the movie - you know that you have just witnessed one of the biggests flops of all times. No magic, BAD acting and a very weak storyline. Should have gone straight to video.
sharyn 2004/11/09 10:24 AM
Waste of time My friend and I giggled in disbelief the whole way through this load of rubbish. The leads aren't sexy, can't act and even the dancing is not great. They try to copy the major scenes from the original movie and fail miserably. They should never have done a sequel.
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