I recently watched Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights for a podcast I was going to be on. I hadn’t ever really had any interest in it, partly because I wasn’t a big fan of the original, and partly because it didn’t look very good.
I did watch the original Dirty Dancing right before watching this one, and I have to say, my original impression of it was changed. I really liked it the second time around, and had a lot of fun while watching it. Then I rented Havana Nights on Amazon to do my homework for the podcast.
This is an interesting addition to the franchise because it is actually a prequel, and it is apparently based on true events. Set during the Cuban revolution, it follows an American girl who moves to Havana with her family and gets swept away with Cuban music and a young man who helps teach her the ways of Cuban dance.
Overall I thought the film was perfectly fine. The chemistry between the two leads wasn’t strong, and the dancing didn’t seem that “dirty” to me but it was still a fairly light-hearted flick (despite the assassination attempt at the end).
If you want some more detailed thoughts and analysis, check out the podcast I was on here.