Dirty Dancing – Havana Nights
It’s 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 Year’s dance contest. Katey’s 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. Katey’s 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. The term “dirty dancing” in the movie’s title is accurate as men touch, grab and fondle women’s breasts, rear ends and everything in between during the dance scenes. The women’s attire leaves little to the imagination. Since this one lives up to its name with its lewdness, you’ll do well to step right past it.