Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Wayne Blair (2017)

124min
12 Certificate
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Review

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In a made-for-TV re-imagining of the hugely popular Patrick Swayze dance drama, Abigail Breslin takes the lead as "Baby", an unassuming young woman whose life is shaken and stirred when she meets the hip-shaking Johnny Castle (Colt Prattes) while on holiday with her parents. Despite a much longer running time, this interpretation knows all the steps, but executes them with none of the passion that made the 1987 original so enduring. Certain expansions on the story, such as tension in the marriage of "Baby's" parents, slow down the film to a crawl, while a changed ending adds an unexpected decade-later twist to one of the most romantic of fantasies. Breslin is more fleshed-out as the teenage heroine, but neither she nor Prattes look like they're having the time of their life when on screen together, resulting in a disappointing affair that only die-hard fans will probably accept.

Summary

Premiere. Musical remake of the romantic drama. Abigail Breslin stars as an awkward teenager staying with her family at a holiday camp in the 1960s. She embarks on a life-changing romance with the camp's charismatic dance instructor (Colt Prattes), despite the disapproval of her parents and the condemnation of society in general. With Bruce Greenwood, Debra Messing and Billy Dee Williams.

Cast & Crew

"Baby" Houseman Abigail Breslin
Johnny Castle Colt Prattes
Lisa Houseman Sarah Hyland
Vivian Pressman Katey Sagal
Marjorie Houseman Debra Messing
Dr Jake Houseman Bruce Greenwood
Penny Nicole Scherzinger
Tito Billy Dee Williams
Director Wayne Blair
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for sex scenes.
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