Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Source: Catholic News Service
Bland coming-of-age melodrama set in Havana on the eve of the Cuban revolution about an American Pollyanna (Romola Garai) dragged to the island by her father's new job, where she meets a seductive busboy (Diego Luna) with all the right moves who transforms her from a fox-trotting bookworm to hot-tamale samba sensation in just a few easy dance lessons. Directed by Guy Ferland, the film hits all the narrative beats of its "inspired-by" 1987 predecessor, "Dirty Dancing," but awkwardly saddles the formulaic clash-of-classes love affair with a political subplot. Many of the dance sequences are stymied by choppy editing, but the eroticism of the movie's bump-and-grind choreography imparts a misleading message that seems to equate personal expression with sensual liberation. An implied sexual encounter, brief violence, as well as some mild crass expressions and a racial slur. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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