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Dirty Dancing 2 - Havana Nights [DVD]
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2006
Wow!!!

My parents bought me this in June for my birthday, i put it in the DVD rack expecting to watch it someday, laugh at it then never watch it again!

So, i thought i would see what amazon customers thought of it, and i was suprised to see most reviews had 5 or 4 stars. i put the DVD in and was in absolute shock that the film was sooooo brill!!!

It could never replace the original as i love that but i loved this just as much. the dancing was fabulous and sexy, the music was brilliant. i have new found respect for Shakira's - Hips Dont Lie, as the original is in this film and goes so well with it. Also i was pleasantly suprised to see Patrick Swayze in the film, a great addition. And the singer Mya too, i loved that bit in the film.

I always have to like the leading man to get into a film properly, and i didnt think i would with this one, but throught the film, Javier grew on me, and he was very handsome.

One problem was that i thought the film would be longer, it's only 1hr18mins and i wanted at least another 30 mins! but apart from that, it was a delicious, must see film. Go buy it now!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2004
on the whole a great film, which lives up to the name dirty dancing! the film is set in 1950's Cuba where a rebellion is taking place. Patrick Swazee makes a great cameo appearance as a dance teacher (of course), but he fails to get a lead performance as the cuban heartthrobe steals the show as the waiter habier. Katie and her family move to Cuba because of her fathers promotion and the shy Katie is instantly drawn into the world of hypnotic, latin-style dancing. But with the annual dance competition coming up can Katies ballroom skills and Habiers latin style be enough to win the competition and finally make king and queen of "la lozzeri"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2008
I first watched this film a couple of years ago when my friend got given it. I fully expected to be slightly dissapointed because i was at that time a big lover of Dirty Dancing the original. However this film, in my opinion is a lot better than the first one.

The first thing i think you should know is that it is not a sequel to Dirty Dancing, in many ways it is more of a prequel having happened before the first. The only links between the films are the name, Patrick Swayse and basic story line of boy meets girl and being of differnet class it is not accepted.

The acting is top class and one thing i found incredible about this film is that niether Diego Luna or Romola Garai used a dance double and niether of them had any dance experiance. They also managed to come over accent difficulties, Garai having to put on an American Accent and Luna, being mexican, a cuban one. Yet there is not one point it the film where these accents slip.

Where this film really triumphs over the original is the historical backdrop. Rather than the first Dirty Dancing where we have a secluded holiday resort as the setting, here we are based right in the center of the Cuban Revolution, which adds a lot to the play especially by the power of the actors who portray the difficulties of the Cubans and ignorance of the Americans very well.

The dance sequences though in the big envents there are less lifts than the First Dirty Dancing, they are no less exciting and interesting.

This film is worth a watch whatever your age or gender. My brother, mother, sister and friends have all loved this film almost as much as me since i have shown it to them.

This film is well worth the money because as well as being a fantastic watch it is the sort of film you never get bored of watching, i am almost word perfect and my friends has watched it about 20 times in the last week, since i leant it to her. So this film is well worth a watch and a buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Havana Nights is best considered seperately from it's predecessor as it has really nothing to do with it beyond being a film about young people brought together by a love of dancing and a cameo appearance by Patrick Swayze as a dance teacher. Katie(Romola Garai), an academic teenager brought to Havana by her parents when her father changes job, is intrigued by the Cuban waiter Javier(Diego Luna) at the hotel where they stay.Javier shows Katie several instances of kindness, helping her when she is lost in town and escorting her back to the hotel at night when she has problems with her approved date,so inspiring her to want to help him when he loses his job.
Recognising his natural talent as a dancer and with some dancing skills herself (coutesy of her parents who are ex ballroom dancers) Katie suggests they should fuse their very different styles and enter a dance competition so he can win some money.Unsurprisingly, Katie has to learn to loosen up on the way as well as shed more than a few a few inhibitions and in the process falls in love with the 'Cuban poor boy'- much to her parents dismay.
The whole story is set against the overthrow of President Batista in 1958 with the consequences that entails for both of them.Whilst a fairly predictable story and suffering from a certain akwardness in the dialogue, especially at the end, the leading characters manage to engender much interest and sympathy, especially the excellent Diego Luna, who is always completely believable and 'sympatico'. Neither Luna nor Garai had professional dance training before, but managed a great job
with a little help from skilled choreography and photography.
The music is great, combining the talents of Wycliff Jene, Santana , the Black Eyed Peas and Orishas, and whilst far from being authentic for the time, certainly makes anyone with a liking for dance want to join in- remembering to move the hips in a circle, not a box-as Javier would say.One criticism would be that some of the scenes seem quite rushed at times and the film builds up an interest in the characters which it does not quite satisfy at the end, although the final scene manages to have us ending with a 'high'.Whilst probably mainly a film for those who love music and dancing or with a romantic streak, it is hard to imagine anyone who would not step a little lighter after seeing this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2008
I didn't know what to rate this. I went into this film loving the original and thinking it would be in the same vain as the original but it wasn't and that was hard to get used to. I didn't expect it to be as good as the original but I expected something much more than what it was and maybe that's what let the film down.
The storyline is kinda weak, the characters are weak and the actors aren't as good as I'd expect with a film that is going to be compared with the original. I thought the leading lady was very weak as an actress and she didn't shine at all on screen and the chemisty she was meant to have with the guy she was dancing with just wasn't there.
However there are some good parts to the film and that's why it gets three stars, some of the dancing makes up for the lack of good actors and storyline.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2005
This is an excellent film. i have watched the first film and loved it now i love the second just as much . init as the saucy It has a compelling story line .i watched it 5 times in 4 days. it's brilliant and makes you wanna get up and dance with them !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2008
Dirty Dancing 2 - how could they?! Ok, that was my first thought and obviously I'm not alone in this. BUT...great film. The story works well, the acting is great and the dancing is sexy and sumptious. The film [almost] stands on it's own feet and steadily too. I say 'almost' because of Patrick Swayze's cameo, which works so well, especially if you think about the original and Johnny's comments about latin dance moves for the final show - now we know where he got them.

It is a shame that this film will be written off so easily by so many people - I only bought it cos I'll buy any dance/music movie - but it is well worth putting any preconceptions to one side and just enjoy. You have the beautiful backdrop of Cuba, a not-so-cutsy love story and dancing that will make you wish you you were in the arms on one of the stars. There is also some interesting historical context to the film, not just the fact that, like the first, it's based on a true story. You'll probably learn a thing or two as a plus. This helps to take out the crass warm, fuzzy feelings that the movie could have had...it has nicely-worked warm, fuzzy feelings...

The original is one film...this is another. Simple really. The original can never be beaten, but if anything, this film has more realism and less idealism to it.

Just watch it. Let it take you by surprise too.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2006
This film is a great watch! I believe it is much better than the first.

The story is about an american girl and a cuban boy falling in love and learning to dance together. She dances traditional ballroom and he is more free with his street style dancing and also passionate club style.

Political issues are rife throughout the movie, class, race, culture, a sleazy guy with a powerful father and some jealousy thrown into the story.

The dancing is incredible and what amazed me most is that before starring in this movie the main two actors had no dance skills and learned to dance this amazing in weeks!!

There is a dance competition where they really show off their honed skills.

The music is great and at the last club scene I switched the subtitles on to get the words of the dance songs. That is a great bonus as I was going to buy the music CD but dont need to now.

There are extra features too: multi angle dance sequences, dance commentary, interviews etc.

Highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2005
I thought this was a great film, i only watched it the other day, and i honestly have to hold my hands up and say i think it is better then the first, the first is very patrick and jennefer, dunno i think i have got bored of it.
Have just ordered this one in on dvd so can watch it again. found the story line, interesting as it wasn't all about dancing.
Definatley a must see!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2004
I didnt actualy like the first dirty dancing, i thought it was cheesy and stupid.
I absolutley loved 'Havana nights'. The whole atmosphere of the film was great. i LOVED Diego Luna with a passion.
However I really don't think they should have given it the title of 'dirty dancing' it has nothing to do with the original. Its a shame they couldnt actually film it in Cuba because of the political issues.
In conclusion if your up for a bit of latino passion then this is for you. However if you're hoping for a trip down memory lane then dont bother apart from the odd farmiliar track this has nothing to offer in the way of nostalgia.
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