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Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights (2004)

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 32

Cheesy, unnecessary remake.

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73

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Not a sequel, not really a prequel, sort of a remake, more of a re-imagining, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights follows the blossoming love affair of young couple Katey (Romola Garai) and Javier (Diego Luna) against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Katey is an American girl living in Cuba with her parents who meets Javier, a local. Javier takes Katey to a nightclub where he teaches her how to dance dirty Cuban-style. The two grow closer and closer, but when Castro takes over, Katey's

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Drama, Romance

Boaz Yakin, Victoria Arch

Jul 20, 2004

$14.1M

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Pure schmaltz, but not without its share of feel-good entertainment value.

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Next to Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, the first picture is like something out of the golden age of Hollywood.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Tries to add Cuban flavor to a familiar plot but comes up with nothing more than a bubbling stew of cliches.

March 1, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights does have some sexy music and a few good dance sequences in a steamy nightclub, but the story is terribly contrived and the lead actors have zero chemistry.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Superficial but entertaining.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A routine Hollywood high school morality play.

February 27, 2004
Washington Post
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A horribly routine star-crossed romance job with none of the spunk or humanity that made its oh-so-better forebear a generational classic.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Bad movie, lame plot, poor acting. Don't bother.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It challenges its audience to ask questions, namely, 'Why?' Why was this movie even made?

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Aside from the triteness of the dialogue, the mathematical predictability of the script and the muddling of numbskulled politics, DD: HN is a fairly enjoyable experience.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Provides entertainment sophisticated enough to entrance a sophomore in high school.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

Although based on choreographer JoAnn Jansen's experience, the script was written by a committee of eight; each writer seems to have contributed every cliché in the memory bank.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It's hardly ever a good idea to remake a beloved movie.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It's been 17 years since Dirty Dancing took the world by storm, and all these years later, Havana Nights is here to remind everyone just how to strike when the iron is ice cold.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

It goes forward in an entirely predictable way and everyone lives happily ever after. *YAWN*

March 16, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

The dynamics of Havana Nights haven't the urgency of the first Dirty Dancing.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Where else but in a 1950s pre-Castro Cuba can you see joyous locals dancing the mambo in the streets?

March 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

It's just about what you'd expect from a dance movie: Not much of a plot, terrific dancing and enjoyable music.

March 4, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The film never establishes its explosive era in any believable sense -- despite some tacked-on moments of chaos, the movie might as well be set in 1986 Miami as 1958 Havana.

March 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

This attempt to wring more money from a new generation has the glossy, tired feel of a Lifetime Channel TV movie.

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's not nearly as groovin as the 1987 original, but 13-year-olds will probably find a lot to like. BTW, what's up with all the petite leading men?

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

The strong performances by Garai and Luna, the story's acknowledgement of Cubans' political struggles of the 1950s and the movie's unflagging sincerity help it get by.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

In the 1987 Dirty Dancing and 2004's Havana-set remake, the settings of the stories are virtually the same except in their particulars.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights

Without any of the spark of the original this second Dirty Dancing film is a giant disappointment to every expectant woman looking forward to the same sex appeal of Swayze we were graced with in the original. Set in revolutionary Cuba, much of the film decided to saturate itself with this plot point, including spicy music, random acts of rebellion, and societal and family tensions within the lower classes of workers who cater to the American residents. As you can guess, this leads to a Romeo and Juliet-esque relationship between prim and proper Katey and working Joe, Javier. The reason the original worked so well was the immersion of the time period with a nostalgic soundtrack, and a love story of abandoning innocence for something much better, freedom finally being found through dance. This film seems to want to explore an entire country's journey towards freedom instead. Garai's character is less developed than the original Baby, and her relationship with her forbidden lover is random. If they hadn't set it where they had, in the time they had, and maybe hadn't even included a love story, it could have successfully worked. Even in the original there wasn't a lot of great choreography, but there were some profound scenes involving Patrick Swayze, who pops up to provide somewhat of a cameo as the dance teacher who teaches Katey about letting her partner get close to her. In this there is no exciting dance scenes, except for a brief peek into a Cuban club, and that's fast glanced over. Besides the fact that this is pure consumer cheese, the music does not set the mood, as it's all from the past ten years. I would have been more understanding if they hadn't tried to sell it as a Dirty Dancing film.
September 3, 2011
FrizzDrop

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Pretty good.
July 19, 2009
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Different story...centred on the dancing aspect. Not bad at all.
May 17, 2008
Diego Luna...need I say more?
May 31, 2007
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