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Friday, 26 May 2017

What did the critics make of the Dirty Dancing remake?

A TV remake of Dirty Dancing has aired in the US - and it's fair to say the critics did not have the time of their lives watching it.
"Somebody put this baby in a corner," said the Hollywood Reporter's reviewer.
Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes play Baby Houseman and Johnny Castle, the dancing lovers played by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the original.
According to Vulture's Jen Chaney, they "don't generate anything close to the Grey-Swayze sizzle factor".
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"Nobody's got hungry eyes in this thing," she continues - a reference to the Eric Carmen song that featured in the 1987 version.
According to Variety, the reprise is a "sappy, passionless, schlocky remake... without even the iota of imagination necessary to expand upon the 1987 film".
Its reviewer Sonia Saraiya also pours scorn on "an ill-conceived epilogue that negates most of the power of the preceding narrative".
"Between the bad lip-syncing, the inexplicable addition of musical numbers and the pale imitation of classic moments from the original film, it just doesn't work," was the verdict of IndieWire's critic.

Those sentiments were echoed by TV Guide's Malcolm Venable, who rued that "what was once sexy, sultry and a little subversive has been sanitised and Disney-fied."

One cast member who receives a modicum of praise is Nicole Scherzinger, who plays the role of Johnny's dance partner Penny.
"The Pussycat Dolls singer is no stranger to the dance floor, and it was evident whenever she appeared onscreen," says Entertainment Tonight's Desiree Murphy.
British audiences will be able to make up their own minds when Dirty Dancing airs on Channel 5 on 4 June.
Source By BBC.COM


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