Geeez, this movie is SO ridiculously dumb! If that's got anything to do with real salsa dancing, I smash my head into the wall, but before that I cut both my feet to prohibit dancing.
I'm pleading with you hollywood producers: rather spend on charity that hefty amount of money you want to spend on shooting remakes. You have enough money to save the whole world, come on.
Still, nowadays making remakes has become a fashion, but (in this case) the hollywood studios neglect to realize that in order to reach again that girl-wetting effect that could be seen 20 years ago, you have to produce a bit even more. Like well choreographed dances and good actors.
of the movie? I'd rather not waste my time on that.
And what about the dance? In most scenes they're dancing off-rythm and unchoreographed just doing erotic hip-movements (which of course is great, but you can do it in a stupid disco). For example, the young "hero", Javier just grabs a girl who's dancing (quite intimately) with another man. If I had been him I'd have thanked God that the other guy hadn't punched me. The music you can hear doesn't reflect the 50's Cuba, these are just current hits made by Mia, Black Eyed Peas to mention a few. They are not even in Spanish!
So who's going to like this movie now? Well it has romance and dancing which is more than enough to please teenage girls who fall in love faster than you change socks and people who believe that salsa is made up of hip-movements (and sweating...).
And Patrick Swayze dancing? I somehow have the feeling he was put into the movie only to satisfy those who liked the first one. Somehow Fight Club springs to mind: "sticking feathers up your butt won't make you a chicken".
But still, if you put down your salsa-glasses and view it from an average joe point of view, it may even be entertaining. Well, it's about Cuba in the 50s, so it should be. But if you're a newbie and go into a salsa club and see how it really goes, don't be disappointed! It is so much better in real life.