If we’ve learned anything from history, it’s that hard times call for easy, escapist entertainment. So musicals haters, brace yourselves.
Hot off the inescapable popularity of “La La Land” comes ABC’s “Dirty Dancing,” a musical reboot of the 1987 film starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. (Not to be confused with the 2004 theatrical adaptation “Dirty Dancing— The Classic Story on Stage.”)
If only it were good enough to take us out of our heads for an evening instead of reminding us why everything was better before, even cheesy dance movies.
The challenge with choosing this particular film is that it’s a source of nostalgia — both silly and sentimental — for a...