People have probably been saying for years that a remake of Dirty Dancing would be a bad idea. Well, it happened! 30 years after the hugely popular 1987 movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the people in TV land decided to make this new version, directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires), I only watched it to compare it with the original. Basically in the summer of the 1960s, Frances \"Baby\" Houseman (Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin) is vacationing with her family, her doctor father Jake (Bruce Greenwood), mother Marjorie (Will & Grace's Debra Messing) and sister Lisa (Sarah Hyland), at Kellerman's resort in the Catskill Mountains. Baby develops a crush on the resort's dance instructor Johnny Castle (newcomer Colt Prattes), she is fascinated by his \"dirty dancing\", his dance partner is Penny Rivera (Nicole Scherzinger). Baby discovers Penny is pregnant by womanising waiter Robbie Gould (Shane Harper), Baby borrows money from her father, she does not tell him it is for an illegal abortion for Penny, she accepts the money. But Penny and Johnny are due to perform a weekly dance at a nearby resort, she will miss the performance if she goes ahead with the abortion, Penny suggests Johnny to teach Baby to dance and take her place. Johnny begins to teach Baby, the practising starts awkwardly, but she gradually begins to improve, and a romantic attraction develops between them, their performance is mostly successful, although Baby was too nervous to do the final lift. Johnny and Baby return to find Penny in agony, it turns out the doctor who performed the abortion was a back alley hack, Jake treats her, despite her anger with Baby using money to pay for the procedure, he forbids her to associate with Johnny. Meanwhile Marjorie feels alienated by Jake, who hardly pays her any attention and shows little affection, she says that she wants a divorce, but Jake makes an effort to show her how much he really loves her, they reconcile and have sex. Also, Penny rejects the advances of Robbie, she befriends the resort's African-American pianist Marco (J. Quinton Johnson), his boss Tito (Star Wars' Billy Dee Williams) objects to their relationship, Marco teaches her to play the ukulele in preparation for the talent show. Johnny is accused of the theft of the watch belonging to the former husband of Vivian Pressman (Katey Sagal), which was deliberately planted, but Baby confirms that it was not him that stole it, because he spent the night with her, he is cleared, but Max Kellerman (Tony Roberts) still fires Johnny, he leaves, Baby is very upset. The end-of-season talent show is in progress, Jake takes back a recommendation letter for medical school for Robbie when he reveals he got Penny pregnant, Johnny appears following Lisa's performance, he explains to the audience that he always performs the last dance of the season. Baby and Johnny perform a more provocative version of their Mambo duet, other dancers join, Baby runs to Johnny and executes the lift they'd practised, all guests join the celebration, Jake apologises to Johnny and reconciles with \"Frances\", the couple embrace and everyone dances joyously. It then forwards to the 1970s, Frances attends a performance of \"Dirty Dancing\" on Broadway, choreographed by Johnny and inspired by her book, Frances was given the faith to pursue a career because of Johnny, but now she is now married with a daughter, seeing each other Johnny and Frances encourage each other to continue dancing. Also starring Beau Casper Smart as Billy Kotsecki and Trevor Einhorn as Neil Kellerman. Breslin is not as pretty or slender as Grey was, Prattes is a professional dancer, but can't act well enough, together there is hardly any real spark, Scherzinger, Greenwood and Messing are alright. There are plenty of problems with this remake, most of the acting, the naff new versions of the popular songs, including \"Hungry Eyes\", \"She's Like the Wind\" and of course \"(I've Had) The Time of My Life\", supporting characters are given unnecessary extended subplots, making the film almost half an hour longer. But the one thing I cannot forgive is the horrible ending, breaking up the lovers and having them go on to have new lives, it completely ruins the happy ending, up until that moment I may have forgiven most of the film for its foibles, this is a remake to avoid, die-hard fans should stick with the superior original, a terrible romantic drama. Pretty poor!
It's the summer of 63. Baby Houseman (Abigail Breslin) and her older sister Lisa (Sarah Hyland) follow their parents (Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood) to Kellerman's Lodge in the Catskill. The owner sets Baby up with his son Neil Kellerman. She carries the watermelon for Billy to a party only for the workers. She is taken with Johnny Castle (Colt Prattes) and his dance partner Penny Rivera (Nicole Scherzinger). Vivian Pressman (Katey Sagal) is the lounge singer. Lisa chases after arrogant Ivy League waiter Robbie but he manhandles her. Baby borrows money from her father to pay for Penny's abortion and Johnny agrees to teach her dancing. The abortion is set at the same time as their dance routine and Baby has to take over.Abigail Breslin is a bit too old for the role. She would have been perfect a few year ago. Let's just say that this movie is not helping her in many ways. However, she's not that much of a problem considering the rest. She and the other real actors do solid work but the non-actors struggle. Colt Prattes is a lackluster lead. I'm guessing that he was picked for his dancing. Same goes for Nicole Scherzinger. The whole movie is lackluster. There is a real question as to why this was remade. ABC could have just shown the original and it would be infinitely better. With all the live network showings, this has the possibility of being a compelling live watch especially with the dance routines. This is bad in many ways and any good pales in comparison with the original.
Add \"Dirty Wars\" to the list of movies that make me depressed to be an American.Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill plunges into the shadowy world of American strategic ops initiatives around the world, and the results, while not exactly surprising, are certainly chilling. What he finds are instances of American forces randomly going into obscure parts of the world and carrying out attacks that are as likely to kill innocent women and children as they are any people actively trying to do America any harm. At the center of these operations is a mysterious military unit about which virtually nothing used to be known, until this same unit carried out the assassination of Osama Bin Laden and elevated itself to hero status in the eyes of the American people.Movies like \"Dirty Wars\" seem like a necessary evil to me. They bring to light topics that need to be addressed, but at the same time leave me impotently frustrated at my inability to do anything about it.Grade: A-
\"There's always room for a dirty joke.\".An outrageous cut-rate producer, Charlie LaRue (Christopher Meloni) is about to fulfill his lifelong dream to make a movie about the most offensive, dirtiest jokes ever told.
Are you kidding me A movie about people wanting to make a movie with nothing but jokes This have got to be the weakest plot and storyline ever!Nevertheless, I did sit through the entire movie. And I will give the movie this much that many of the jokes were actually good and funny. But the whole point of the movie was pointless and a waste of time. Perhaps that was what was intended. But wow!Most noteworthy in \"Dirty Movie\" was Christopher Meloni (playing producer Charlie LaRue). He was hilarious, and he was well helped along the way by Mario Cantone (playing the producer).There was also a lot of really unnecessary nudity in the movie, which brought the movie down a notch. It was tacky and just didn't serve the movie well.For a National Lampoon movie, then \"Dirty Movie\" was a very weak experience. Sure there were some good laughs at some of the jokes, but the overall impression of this movie is that it wasn't a movie that was necessary to have been made, much less released onto the market. But hey, I guess there is a niche for every weird and bizarre taste. If you like comedies, there are a lot of more nice and interesting comedies available, even other National Lampoon ones.
Gilbert Gottfried used to do a stand-up tour where he just did dirty public domain jokes for an hour, occasionally interrupted with an unfunny impression. I always thought he was kind of a hack for it, because what's the merit there It's not like you have to go to bars and collect dirty jokes like gems, there are plenty of books and websites on the subject. As embarrassing as that tour/DVD was, at least a guy standing on a stage is the correct medium for that sort of thing. These jokes are meant to be told, not acted out in \"sketches\". In one of the few tie-in scenes that are put in this movie to give the illusion of a plot, one character actually mentions how a movie that's nothing but old public domain jokes would suck. Yes, it will and it does, why make it then Pointing out your errors as an in-joke doesn't get you off the hook, it usually makes everything worse. There are two credited writers/people who know how Google works, and the parts where they are forced to come up with new jokes are among the most embarrassing movie scenes I've ever witnessed. The pre-credit sequence is a girl that sings the national anthem, but the joke is that her singing is off-key. There's no punchline and the scene goes on forever, is this just put in to make you long for the parts with old jokes everyone already knows The worst part of the movie has got to be the child actors though. The entire point of casting children was just for shock value (children swearing was apparently still edgy in 2011), but they're clearly reading their sex jokes from cue cards and still mess up the punchlines. They often sound like they don't even get the