Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Fans of the 1980s flick
Despite the film's inclusion of "sweaty, sensual dancing and a 'forbidden' romance" … and a cameo by Patrick Swayze," Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) says, "
"[The filmmaker] saddles the clash-of-cultures love affair with a political subplot," said David DiCerto (Catholic News Service). "But rather than add depth to the characters and story, the glossy, faux weightiness only magnifies the superficiality of the script. The eroticism of the movie's choppily edited, bump-and-grind choreography imparts a misleading message that seems to equate personal fulfillment with sensual liberation."
Steven Isaac (
He concludes, "There is a decent message regarding how the uppity American tourists wrongly treat the Cuban natives as inferiors although it is a bit obvious and heavy handed."
Tom Snyder (
Most mainstream critics refuse to dance.