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Did you watch the Dirty Dancing remake?

Last night, ABC debuted its remake of the iconic Dirty Dancing, this time featuring a star-studded cast including Abigail Breslin (Zombieland), Colt Prattes, Debra Messing, Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor), and even Katey Sagal (Married With Children).

It started out with an all-grown Francis ("Baby") going to a theater, though we don't realize it's her or why she's there until the end of the movie. As the curtain rises, we're taken to the summer at the Catskills resort, where, of course, Baby meets Johnny Castle and she tries to help Penny and Johnny figure out what to do once they realize that Penny is pregnant, so she hires Johnny to give her lessons and she falls in love with him.

I love the original Dirty Dancing, so I went into this with an open mind, just as I did when FOX aired Rocky Horror Picture Show last year. This remake, however, left me with mixed feelings.


The actors were good, especially when it came to Nicole Scherzinger's dancing (which was amazing), but it didn't have the same kind of passion you would expect from Dirty Dancing, even a remake. When it comes to dancing and love, you want passion. You want to feel like a hopeless romantic when watching it, and that's where it kind of fell flat.

One scene that I absolutely LOVED was when Baby and Penny were dancing in the studio because Johnny had a private lesson. Penny was trying to get Baby to loosen up with her dancing because Johnny had told Penny that Baby kept trying to lead, when she puts on a song, (I think it was called Shake It Loose, but I can't be sure. If anyone knows, let me know!), and starts dancing with Baby. Baby is apparently still holding back. A few seconds later, Baby starts "loosening up", and eventually starts having fun with Penny. They're dancing like they're best friends, and at that moment, you see Baby gaining a little more confidence - not only in her dancing, but herself as well. It kind of made you want to jump in and join them. (Or at least it did to me!)

The ending, however, is the only thing that left me baffled. It ends with Baby still in the theater. Apparently, she was there to watch Johnny perform on Broadway... And as she gets up to walk away, Johnny sees her and thanks her for believing that he could perform on Broadway, though he is clearly surprised as he sees Baby's daughter run up to her with her husband in tow. I don't know how that fits into everything, and it seems to have left a lot of viewers either confused or mad.

It was a hit or miss remake, and it kind of did both. But it was enjoyable for the most part.

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