The Dirty Dancing remake airs tonight, May 24, 8pm on ABC.
I won’t be tuning into the Dirty Dancing remake. Mostly because I can’t think of a single thing to change about the original. Sure, Abigail Breslin will pull off awkward Baby well enough but that doesn’t mean I want to see anyone besides Jennifer Grey in the role. Can she carry a watermelon as well? I doubt it. And there is no way she’ll scream “Johnny” quite the way Jennifer did.
I don’t know who this new Johnny Castle guy is but he is no Patrick Swayze. I can’t imagine it will be quite as satisfying hearing someone else say “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” No one else could ever look this good:
Hell, I don’t even want to see anyone else as Baby’s parents. Jerry Orbach, we all miss you.
The 1987 version has a lot of great moments but none compare to this. I couldn’t stomach watching this scene redone:
I just don’t see why Dirty Dancing needed to be remade. I will admit I haven’t read much about ABC’s plans for the three-hour event, so maybe there are some differences that make this version different, and therefore worthy of another shot.
Classics should stay as they are, untouched.