Yay, Nay, or Maybe: A Dirty Dancing Remake?

by | Aug 9th, 2011 | 2:30PM | Filed under: News

Dirty DancingIn news that will, unfortunately, surprise no one who keeps up on film-industry trends, yet another ’80s classic that should be left alone will instead be receiving the remake treatment. We’ve already got a Footloose do-over to look forward to (read: dread) this October, and now a second dance-centric romance from the same era will be revived: Dirty Dancing.

Those of you who were around in 1987 or have since watched the original on TV or DVD will recall Jennifer Grey as “Baby,” a 17-year-old on summer vacation at a resort in the Catskills. There she meets dance instructor Johnny (the late Patrick Swayze), and ends up filling in for his dance partner who’s suffering complications from an illegal abortion. (Side note: When I first saw Dirty Dancing in junior high, its entire abortion subplot totally escaped me… just like how I had no idea that Rizzo was pregnant at the end of Grease when I first watched it. Ah, innocence.)

The film draws to a climactic finale in which Baby triumphantly jumps into the air only to be lifted even higher by Johnny, to the amazement of the crowd surrounding them (witness their amazement for yourself in the still I used above). This impressive move was hilariously reenacted by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love (currently in theaters), as it were.

Dirty Dancing took everyone by surprise in ’87, and ended up being one of the most successful films of the year. It won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song, its soundtrack went platinum eleven times, and then it became the first movie to sell one million copies on video. To this day, the late director Emile Ardolino’s coming-of-age drama has a dedicated and passionate fan base. But now the original film’s choreographer, Kenny Ortega of High School Musical and Michael Jackson’s This Is It fame, is betting that he can make a modernized version that will be just as successful. (Ortega was once supposed to direct the Footloose remake but left the project over creative differences.)

What do YOU think? Is it possible to have the time of your life more than once? Or would Ortega and Lionsgate be better off leaving Baby in the “’80s Classics” corner? Cast your vote in the poll below, and feel free to expound upon your vote in the comments section.

For the record, my vote is a big fat “NO” on this remake. And again for the record, if Hollywood ever dares mess with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, I will lose it.

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73 Responses to “Yay, Nay, or Maybe: A Dirty Dancing Remake?”

  1. Keith
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Didnt they already have another dirty dancing, havana nights?

  2. Keith
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Wish they would do a sequel to shakes the clown.

  3. Dale
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

    That would be as big a mistake as the True Grit redo. Some things are just better left alone.

  4. Veronica
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Leave it alone in the memory of patric swazy dont mess with this classic movie without patric u cant remake a awsome actor

  5. Josh
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Not no but hell no!!! Leave the classics alone. It would be a HUGE disrespect to the late Patrick Swayze. I don’t think that any remakes are worth going to the movies for. I always wait till they come to video and let someone else purchase them IF I watch them. ONE HUGE, BIG, FAT HELL NO!!!!!

  6. carolyn
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    No no no, if anything we Wud like to see an additional part

  7. Wendy
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    It is so stupid to remake movies that are not even 25 years old. Here is a thought why doesn’t Hollywood writers create new ideas instead of plagiarizing other peoples works, I mean if you do that in school your done, but in Hollywood you can remake the same movie over and over again and make money off it.

  8. Karen
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    No one can replace the connection between Gray and Swaze. They were awsome and the reason for the great success of the movie. Also… great story and characters for the young and young at heart.

  9. Larry Taylor
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Dirty Dancing walked the thin line of what was appropriate and what was not, only making small steps outside of those boundries. Patrick Swayzes character didn’t approach the sittuation planning to saduce “Baby” to get her in the sack. You felt his motives were honorable even if his final actions were not. Can we reproduce this kind of sexual tention and restrant in todays moral environment without filthing up the screen. We can only hope that it is still possable

  10. rv
    Posted on August 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Just like you would not try to improve on the lords prayer..there are somethings in life, you just have to respect…and leave alone!!you should not try to improve on this old classic…it would be not only disrespectful…but an insult to the late Patrick Swayzee and all those who did such a great job in the original!! ( emphasis being on “original!!)it is a classic!! And should remain as such!!!

  11. Sarah
    Posted on August 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

    A remake of Dirty Dancing would not be a good thing, it would be a mistake. This is a great movie and there is no way to top it.

  12. Sara
    Posted on August 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    No, please no!!! There is only one Dirty Dancing movie. Kenny Ortega is good enough to choreagraph another amazing movie but do not try to make a remake of this one please.

  13. ksturgill1
    Posted on August 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I hate remakes of anything! I always tell my grown children to watch the original first! They always tell me the original is the best. Told you so!!

  14. Cindy
    Posted on August 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Please leave it alone. It couldn’t be better. It would just ruin the whole thing.

  15. Connie A
    Posted on August 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I wasn’t crazy about the first one, that isn’t really my kind of movie anyway. So no need to make another.

  16. gail
    Posted on August 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I could not imagine anything worse than a remake of dirty dancing. I agree that in tribute to Patrick Swayze it should be left alone. The chemistry and the time cannot be redone. It will be another True Grit.
    It would be like remaking “The Way We Were” or “Love Story.”

  17. Bee
    Posted on August 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

    A remake is a new movie, a new adventure! Of course remake it! It will never replace the original, and many folks that haven’t seen the original just might watch it because of the remake. A side note, while Dirty Dancing was certainly more popular, Dirty Dancing Havana Nights was a better story. It was more endearing and sexier.

  18. nicole
    Posted on September 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    a huge no! i will not disrespect my favorite movie of all-time and watch it!
    no no no ! hollywood go finish starvin them white girls and leave dirty dancing ALONE

  19. Bonnie
    Posted on September 13, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I won’t be seeing it….I’ll stay home, save the $7.50, and watch Jennifer and Patrick. Why remake a classic! Will they be “remaking” GONE WITH THE WIND next?

  20. Jen
    Posted on September 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I don’t think it would hurt anything to remake it. I’d love to see Channing Tatum as Johnnie… I think Patrick Swayze would feel honored that someone was trying to recreate the magic that he did back in the 80′s. And, if it doesn’ work out… I still have my three copies of the original. :)

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