Nov 18, 2014

Review: Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights (2010)

I'm going to make a pretty big confession here: I love Dirty Dancing. That's with zero sarcasm. It's for sure one of my guiltiest pleasures out of the movies that I like and I can't help do anything about it. I love Patrick Swayze, I love Jennifer Grey, I love the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and I love every single stinking montage. Don't even talk to me about the climax because I just love it too much.

Now for the 2004 prequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, I prefer to just ignore it. It can be summed up as a transplantation of Dirty Dancing's story into the past with the Cuban Revolution in the backdrop. It's nothing special and it didn't need to be made at all. Six years later in 2010, Website Funny or Die saw the need to make a comedy short on Dirty Dancing. I can't kill the completionist inside of me so I just had to see it.


Genre: short, comedy
Directed by: Jake Szymanski
Produced by: Allison Hord, Mike Farah, Betsy Koch
Written by: Alex Fernie, Jake Szymanski
Music by: N/A
Running time: 2 minutes
Production company: BoTown Sound, Funny or Die
Distributed by:
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: N/A
Box office: N/A

IMDb entry

Starring: Camilla Belle, Jesse Williams, David Hunt, Deanna Raphael, Monika Smith, Xingu Del Rosario, Phillipos Haile


Baby (Camilla Belle) is on vacation with her family. Dancing with a guy her age, she notices Johnny (Jesse Williams) doing capoeira dancing. It's a Brazilian dance that involves hitting or kicking your partner for whatever reason and this intrigues her. Deciding she wants to learn how to capoeira dance, she spends a lot of time with Johnny and the two of them develop romantic feelings for each other. However, her parents (David Hunt, Deanna Raphael) are less than thrilled by the whole thing. 


Although it's called Dirty Dancing 3, this is a comedy remake of Dirty Dancing. The whole movie plays as a trailer though. You have the typical trailer voice over saying comedic things that you'd expect, except that it's not trying to tease a movie. It is a movie with a beginning, middle and an end. 

Unfortunately it's not an especially funny short film. There's a lot of physical comedy that stems from the silly capoeira dance style and clumsy Baby trying to learn how to do it. Capoeira by the way is a Brazilian martial arts if you didn't know. That's pretty much the joke of DD3:CN, that this dance is actually a martial arts style ,which is why partners all hit each other. It's pretty underwhelming as far as jokes go. It's all set to the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and it spoofs several memorable Dirty Dancing scenes.

The material is on the dumb side and neither Camilla Belle nor Jesse Williams make it any better. Williams I suppose is OK, but Camilla Belle has never struck me as someone who can do comedy and she doesn't really prove me wrong here.

The big problem here is that I think that I may be outside of the target audience for Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights. Younger people may get a kick out of the repetitive punching and kicking dance stye of capoeira, but I didn't. DD3:CN feels rushed and its two leads aren't able to rise above the silly material. You know there are probably loads of possible ways to spoof Dirty Dancing, but I don't think this is the way to do it. 



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