Oh boy, where to start, where to start. Before I share this next cinematic gem with you I thought I should mention that I LOVE a solid chick flick. I could've easily dedicated this post to "The Notebook" (and Ryan Gosling) if it did not have the cult following that it has. But this one, oh I'm not even sure this one ever even made it to the big screen. Anyhow, without further ado, the movie that I've re-watched over and over again is..."Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights". There you have it ladies and gentlemen, I like the not-so-well-received re-imagining of one of the most iconic movies of all time. Yeah, sorry not sorry.
I have to admit, this one isn't so much a hashtagSOBIG as it is a secret guilty pleasure of mine that I've never thought to share with anyone. "Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights" was released in 2004 when I was 11 and I actually bought it on sale from the local video rental store, where I am guessing it wasn't THAT popular. The movie is about an American girl, Katey, who moves to Cuba with her family during the Cuban Revolution. The plot soon develops into your typical boy-meets-girl love story: an impossible, forbidden romance between two young people from different backgrounds. Oh and of course there is dancing, lots of dancing. Patrick Swayze even makes an appearance as Katey's dance class instructor. For there can be no Dirty Dancing without Swayze.
The question remains: WHY? 1. It's a dance movie, and I feel like those were a thing back in the day. Think "Save the Last Dance", "Step Up" and "Honey". Anyhow, the dance scenes make up for what others would argue to be "it's lack of substance". But that's cool, I can live with that. Moving on to number 2. Diego Luna. Pre-teen me might have had the hots for this charming guy and his accent. 3. Its soundtrack, which I happen to own on a good old-fashioned CD. Remember Shakira's 2006 "Hips Don't Lie"? That song heavily sampled Wyclef Jean's "Dance Like This", which was featured on the soundtrack. Now, don't tell me you didn't like that song, it was catchy as hell. 4. The pre-Mad Men get-together. January Jones and John Slattery both starred in DD2, and though it probably didn't benefit their careers whatsoever, it didn't harm them either.
Honorable mention: She's the Man, Bad Boys II and 27 Dresses. Yes, really.