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Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights
Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights (DVD)
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Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights (DVD)
Advantages: Dancing and soundtrack are great
Disadvantages: Acting isnt great and plot is extremely lacking
Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights is the prequel to the amazingly popular, l1987 film, Dirty Dancing. Havana Nights was released in 2004 and I am pretty sure that it was released straight to DVD although I am not 100% sure on this. The film had a budget of $25 million but has only made a little bit over that. Havana Nights is rated PG due to mild language and sexual references and it has a run time of 83 minutes.
Set in pre-revolution Cuba, Katey Miller's family have just moved there from America and are living in a huge hotel complex along with other Americans. Everyone around her seems to be extremely racist, especially her little sister. Katey isn't like the other teenagers around and sticks out like a sore thumb.
While walking home from school one day, she meets Javier, a waiter at her hotel. He shows her what living in Cuba is really like and teaches her about his culture, especially dancing. After walking her back to the hotel, Javier gets fired and Katey decides that she has to help him get the money that he will miss from his job. Deciding to enter a dancing competition, Javier has to teach Katey how to really dance, even if it means taking her to clubs that she probably shouldn't be in. Katey risks everything to help someone she never thought she would be friends with.
Romola Garai as Katey Miller
Diego Luna as Javier Suarez
Sela Ward and John Slattery as Jeannie and Bert Miller
Mika Boorem as Susie Miller
Jonathan Jackson as James Phelps
Patrick Swayze as Dance Class Instructor
Rene Lavan as Carlos Suarez
January Jones as Eve
Mya Harrison as Lola Martinez
Angelica Aragon as Javier Suarez
Marisol Padilla Sánchez as Yolanda
After the huge success of the first film, Havana Nights had a lot to live up to and unfortunately it didn't. Not that I didn't enjoy the film but there was just too many things to pick at.
The plot itself was pretty good but I don't feel like it was enough to put the Dirty Dancing part in the title. Apart from the small cameo from Patrick Swayze, there is nothing else that ties this film to the original. I think it would have been a lot more successful had it been made as a stand alone and released on a wider scale. I actually don't agree with Swayze appearing in this film. Seeing as Havana Nights is a prequel, he didn't fit very well at all, especially for anyone who has seen Dirty Dancing. I think if he were to be used like this then this film should have been made a lot earlier. I know how mean this sounds but he really did look old here and knowing that this film was set earlier made me question this choice. Ultimately, I think putting the Dirty Dancing name on this film had more negative effects than it did positive.
The acting is a bit hit and miss from all sides. There are some parts which were done really well but for the most part, it wasn't convincing enough. I think that is mainly down to the actors chosen for the main roles. I know that they are supposed to be teenager but I found both Katey and Javier extremely annoying throughout. The only time that I didn't really mind them too much was when they weren't speaking and they were dancing instead. One actor that did stand out for me though was Jonathan Jackson who played James. Although his character was a bit shallow and selfish at times, I thought that he was the most convincing of the whole cast.
The dancing for the most part was really good, especially in the Cuban clubs. These styles of dance are really exciting and interesting to me which is why I think I enjoyed this aspect so much. When Javier is teaching Katey how to dance, I didn't feel like it had the same impact as it did in the original film and this was one of the reasons why I ended up disliking the main characters. They should have had so much visible chemistry here but I felt let down because it was so mediocre.
The soundtrack was another good thing about this film. With artists like Mya, Black Eyed Peas and Wyclef Jean appearing on the soundtrack, I couldn't help but like the music. These choices, although very modern, made me feel like I was in the clubs there and they really added to the atmosphere of the story.
Overall, not a good film in many ways. If you like dancing then this is the only real reason why I would recommend it but otherwise, I think this one should be left for teenagers who may enjoy it.
Summary: I didnt love it