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‘Dirty Dancing’ Review: ABC Musical Event Is Decidedly Not Worth Your Time

So much so, in fact, that we'll keep this short.

DIRTY DANCING - Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal and Billy Dee Williams, along with rising stars Colt Prattes and J. Quinton Johnson, headline the stellar cast in a new adaptation of the global pop-cultural phenomenon "Dirty Dancing," premiering WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Guy D'Alema)ABIGAIL BRESLIN, COLT PRATTES

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The musical special event craze that has led many broadcast networks to revisit beloved classics continues to push forward, undeterred by pretty disappointing efforts like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Hairspray.” Tonight, we have ABC’s first big attempt to get in the game with “Dirty Dancing,” an epic-length remake of the 1987 romantic dance drama. This time around, it’s a full-on musical about the magical summer that made Baby (Abigail Breslin) into a woman, after she fell in love with bad boy dance teacher Johnny (Colt Prattes).

READ MORE: ‘Dirty Dancing’: How the New TV Remake Compares to the 1987 Original Film

The cast includes Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal, and Billy Dee Williams, and the original film’s runtime of 100 minutes has been expanded to three hours (with commercials) by adding multiple storylines that seek to give the supporting characters additional depth (without really succeeding).

But the film also attempts to recreate the magical chemistry between original stars Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, as seen in the side-by-side comparison below:


So, should you watch ABC’s “Dirty Dancing”?

Nope. Really, nope. Just — don’t. We’ve seen it, and 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.

Here are some other great shows currently available for viewing on a number of platforms: “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. “The Leftovers” on HBO. “Better Call Saul” on AMC. “American Gods” on Starz. Even on ABC, there are other great shows, “Downward Dog,” “Speechless” and “Fresh Off the Boat.”

Watch one of those, if you haven’t already. Trust us: By skipping “Dirty Dancing” and watching something else, you’ll have the time of your life.

“Dirty Dancing” airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. But really, you can pass.

Grade: C

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Comments

yolima grisales

Abigail Breslin looks a little overweight for the role and she’s a terrible dancer. Colt Prattes doesn’t look sexy for the role, his hair and eyebrows are perfect for a horror vampire movie. I just forwarded the entire movie to check the final scene and oh surprise it’s terrible. What a waste of time and money for this production.

wanda crocker

I’ve had to write on every media I could this was a joke. ABC please stop the madness. Quit trying to recreate these masterpieces into something for ratings. The actors were all wrong the dancing sucked,the music was not up to par. Let it go .There will only be one Dirty Dancing. Poor Patrick Swayze rolling over in his grave. Stop the madness…

wanda crocker

I’ve had to write on every media I could this was a joke. ABC please stop the madness. Quit trying to recreate these masterpieces into something for ratings. The actors were all wrong the dancing sucked,the music was not up to par. Let it go .There will only be one Dirty Dancing. Poor Patrick Swayze rolling over in his grave.

Anne Rogers Coker

The people who played in this remake are not the ones that played in the original so they should not be compared to them. I enjoyed it and I do not think they deserve the criticism.

Beverly fleetwood

What a damn joke. This should have never been made.. please don’t ever play it on TV again and ya, you dummies got a big girl that can’t dance to play baby… I hope you get sued by the writers

Tanya M.

Just watched this remake, parts were ok but I am utterly disgusted someone thought it to be a good idea to add that ending, taking away from the live happily ever after the original left us with…robbing us of what our imaginations could foresee but more hurtful yanking the rug out from the underdog Johnny. The camp setting in the remake certainly also removed a lot from the romantic air of the original movie as well.

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