Review of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

( [email protected] ) Mar 04, 2004 06:54 PM EST

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Genre: Dance, Romance, Sequel

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Starring Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward, John Slattery, Jonathan Jackson, January Jones

Release: February 27, 2004

Running Time: 105 minutes


Set in Havana, Cuba, in 1958, Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights is the story of 18-year-old Katey Miller (Romola Garai), who moves with her father to the city when he gets an executive job at Ford. Expected to join the crowd of wealthy Americans in her new neighborhood, Katey instead befriends Javier (Diego Luna), a poor waiter who also happens to be a great dancer. Katey soon persuades Javier to partner with her in a prestigious national dance competition.


Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is a movie about a relationship that catches not much attention. It is like any other story, which gives no meaning to my own life, as it is a Hollywood perception of what is a relationship. Much of the movie goes on towards a non-existing conclusion or meaning, though sometimes with a short glimpse of light. The only positive impact was an slightly greater understanding of family values.

For the family, it may not be an appropriate movie, with gestures of sexual implication. In the movie, there is much body contact that is inappropriate. In one scene, the two main characters are kissing, and lounging afterwards, implying that they had sex.

Though violence is not big, it is still a factor. Especially in a scene where Javier's brother brings a gun to a club to assassinate a man, causing much panic. Mild profanity is used, and God's name is misused several times.

Watching this movie, it was not great entertainment, nor was it insightful in many ways. It did not meet the expectations that people had when they first went in. From the Christian perspective, it would not be a movie that I would have to see, and if I did, would I have to think much more about. It was a film, a work of art, anything beyond would just be vague imagination.