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Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
I loved it until...
I was rather excited to see this movie but didn't get to see it in theaters so I picked it up at the video store this week. I thought the movie was very cute and really liked that the actors, especially the guys, were younger and more appealing to someone of my age (early 20s). The movie was completely ruined for me though with a cameo appearance by Patrick Swayze. He's what really ruined the first Dirty Dancing for me, as I have never really cared for him as an actor and never really found him good looking.
I really enjoyed the story although I don't think it ended well. After Batisa left Cuba, any Americans would not have wanted to stay in the country very long!
Overall I thought the movie was cute and the two leads interacted really well with each other.
If you've read the book, don't see it!
I was really excited when I first saw previews for this movie. I'm a huge history geek and the middle ages is one of my favourite time periods. And of course the fact that Paul Walker was going to be in this movie was a plus. Excited, I went out and bought the book before the movie came out and ABSOLUTELY loved the book! I couldn't put it down. I was, though, sorely disapointed by the movie. It stays a lot from the book and screws with some of the things I thought best about the book. The horrible plot and acting was covered up by some decent action sequences though. And of course I was sorely disapointed by several historical errors that I picked up in the movie.
Overall it wasn't that bad, but I won't pay the $8 to go see it again. I recommend the book and wait until you can catch the movie on TV in a few years to see it for free.