Picks and Pans Review: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

updated 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Diego Luna, Romola Garai
ROMANCE

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What this Dirty Dancing shares with the 1987 hit screen musical of the same name is a love of the terpsichorean art and Patrick Swayze. Still light on his feet, the sinewy star of the original turns up for a couple of scenes here as a dance instructor at a swanky Havana hotel in 1958.

Neither straight-out sequel nor prequel, Havana Nights is a colorful, enjoyable film about two teenagers, one Cuban and poor (Luna), the other American and privileged (Garai), who get caught up in each other and the joy of swinging their hips in pre-Castro Cuba. Decently acted and danced, this Dancing will appeal mostly to teenage girls, which is probably as it should be. The rest of us still have our memories of the original, and this one can't put Baby in a corner. (PG-13)

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