For those of us whose childhoods and/or teen years were at least partially defined by quoting lines from the 1987 smash hit Dirty Dancing – not to mention reenacting the movie’s dance scenes in our bedrooms – the upcoming ABC-produced remake is giving us all kinds of feelings.
In a 30-second trailer promoting the ABC-produced version, slated for release on May 24, iconic moments from the original film play in rapid succession, all set to a soaring, gospel-infused version of “Time of My Life.” Yep, it’s all there: we get the moment a shy and innocent Baby meets Johnny, the triumphant lift-off dance move, the hot and steamy kiss and of course, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” We also get flashes of a new cast, that includes Sarah Hyland, Katey Sagal and Debra Messing, accompanied by an upbeat voice-over that proclaims, “One of the most beloved dance movies of all time becomes the next great television event….[and] from the choreographers of Hamilton, with a star-studded cast, comes the musical for A NEW ERA.”
Yeah… not so much.
While we’re generally into the current trend of everything ’80s, there’s something kind of cringe-inducing about ABC’s attempt to replicate the sublime nostalgia of the original Dirty Dancing. Same scribbly ’80s font? Check. Same pose on movie poster? Double check. And let’s face it: Abigail Breslin feels like a slightly tepid substitute for the glorious spunk and fire of pre-nose-job Jennifer Grey, while Colt Prattes can’t really hold a candle to Patrick Swayze‘s tough-sweet dreamboat Johnny.
That said, we’re willing to admit that the new DD might just turn out to be a guilty pleasure watch – after all, we’re not immune to the appeal of a good/bad remake. And we love the idea that a new generation of Baby-lovers might come into being as a result of watching the new version.
Our hot tip for newbies? Check out the original. It’s ridiculously awesome.