Review Date: August 23, 1998
Director: Randa Haines
Writer: Daryl Matthews
Producers: Randa Haines, Shinya Egawa, Lauren Weissman
Vanessa L. Williams
Chayanne, in his first American starring role, is the rich man's Benicio Del Toro. He's great looking, dresses impeccably, dances like a machine, and radiates great sensations with his full-toothed smile. He also pulls off a humorous and original tribute to Gene Kelly from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Vanessa L. Williams also looks great in this film, if you like girls with super-short skirts, great legs and pumps, that is. (turns out I do). There is also some chemistry between the two, but unfortunately, the screenplay is pretty lame, and doesn't really do a great job of convincing you of their absolute compatibility. No cheap sex scenes either. Which was a bit of a letdown for most people, I think. Then again, who cares. These bastards could dance up a storm and look great doing it, so if that's what you're looking for, shell out your hard-earned cash, and have a blast!
One extremely funny aspect of this film, was the fact that Kris Kristofferson was actually cast as an experienced dance instructor, and a man with actual emotions. It was funny watching him move around like an ass, and squeeze his lips tight to convey emotion. On a positive note, the soundtrack was very sweet, reminded me a bit of the MAMBO KINGS (8/10) vibe, and the salsa music kept reminding me of the nacho plate that I would soon make myself, once I got home and dug into some real salsa. Having said all that, it must be said that I have never been a dancer, a fan of dance, or a fan of dance movies, but Mrs. JoBlo is. You figure out the pant-wearing scenario in that equation. For the record, she rated the film 7/10.