Dirty Dancing Havana Nights

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Its 1959 when high-school senior Katey Miller (Romola Garai) moves to Cuba with her parents (John Slattery and Sela Ward). The ocean separates Cuba from the world, and political tensions divide those on the island. The tropical paradise has a dark mood as the rich exploit the poor and the communists threaten to overthrow the government. Katey initially resents the move from the states but eventually adjusts. In contrast to the sophisticated society of her parents, she finds the Latino culture alluring and attaches herself to a young Cuban named Javier (Diego Lunda), to the disgust of her prejudiced Caucasian classmates. The blended couple combines traditional ballroom dance with Havana style, resulting in footwork that compels them to believe they can win top prize in a New Years dance contest. Kateys passion for Latin dancing and her romantic friendship with Javier earn her parents disapproval. When reconciliation seems possible, the revolution breaks out in Havana.

Both Katey and Javier have strong families. Kateys parents, who know her friends and schedule, talk through issues with her. Since his father is dead, Javier works as a waiter to support his mother and younger siblings. He has an older brother in the Mafia and communicates his disapproval while maintaining a relationship with him. The movie breaks down when Katey and Javier begin lying to their parents and unrealistically experience no negative consequences. Kateys parents are upset, but they give her more freedom, even letting her spend nights alone with Javier. This unfortunately leads to sexual intimacy. The term dirty dancing in the movies title is accurate as men touch, grab and fondle womens breasts, rear ends and everything in between during the dance scenes. The womens attire leaves little to the imagination. Since this one lives up to its name with its lewdness, youll do well to step right past i

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Lions Gate

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Crude Language: Many (18) times mild (hell 5, damn 5); moderate (butt 3, bastard 3)

Obscene Language: Several (9) times moderate (screw 1, suck 2); strong (f-word 1, s-word 2, finger gesture 3)

Profanity: Few (4) times moderate (G 3); strong (GD 1)

Violence: Many times mild (shoving and struggling 10); moderate (fighting 3, shooting 2, girl slaps boy who climbs on top of her, mom slaps daughter hard on the face, policeman ready to execute man and puts a gun to the back of his head)

Sex: Once mild (implied activity with brief silhouettes teen boy and girl as they take clothes off and girl is seen wearing boys shirt in the morning)

Nudity: Many times mild (women dancers wear clothing that reveals clear outlines of their breasts and rear ends throughout the movie)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times mild (mother warns daughter about the danger of going too far sexually, conversations about touching womens private areas during dancing); moderate (men grabbing and fondling women while dancing throughout the movie)

Drugs: Many times mild (beer and alcohol drinking, cigar and cigarette smoking); moderate (Mafia delivers medical supplies)

Other: Ethnic slur spick used twice, father tells daughters that they are more important to him than his job, older sister tells younger sister that prejudice is wrong, boy encourages girl to work through fears, boy tells girl that it is okay to be smart, boy paints stolen cars when he loses his job, boy loses his job for talking to girl of another ethnic race, communist revolution portrayed as a positive event

Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens

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