Its been 17 years since movie audiences had the time of their life in Dirty Dancing and now the story has been re-located and re-imagined for Dirty Dancing 2.
Set in Cuba in 1958 on the eve of revolution, the film sees bookish American teenager, Katey Miller (Romola Garai) move with her family to Havana where her father, Bert (John Slattery) has been promoted to an executive position with Ford. Bert and his wife, Jeannie (Sela Ward) like the idea of their daughter dating James Phelps (Jonathan Jackson), because his father is Berts boss and mixing with your own kind in the Latin locale is the accepted thing. But in the steamy Cuban capital, other diversions are about to take Kateys head out of her books.
The most exciting of these is Javier Suarez (Diego Luna
), a hotel waiter whose sexy movements on the dance floor fascinate the young American. Soon Javier is teaching her the hot and sensual dance steps and the relationship between them also begins to steam up. This is not well received by the stuck-up Eve (January Jones) who is disdainful of the hired help and who frowns upon mixing with them. With Kateys younger sister, Susie (Mika Boorem) she reports Javier and gets him fired. Opposition to Javiers relationship with Katey also comes from his revolutionary brother, Carlos (Rene Lavan).
Distressed because of what has happened to Javier, Katey convinces him to take part in a dance contest with a $5,000 first prize but while they practise, they have to keep their growing feelings for each other a secret from their families and friends. In the meantime, the political unrest in the country deepens and the night of the competition could soon be overshadowed by more far-reaching and explosive events
Despite a story told against revolution and romance, its the dynamic dance sequences that are the true highlights of the movie, so if youre ready to rumba, this is for you.