Genre Guesstimation – Grease (1978)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by Kim of Tranquil Dreams and she chose teenage/high school romance movies as the Genre for June.  If you want to still submit a movie, the deadline is theoretically today, but let me know if you need a slight extension. Just send it to me at teen@movierob.net

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Teenage/high school romance movies…

grease“I don’t look at it as dropping out! I look at it as a very strategic career move. ” – Frenchy

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (video, cable and 19 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After meeting over the summer, two very different teens try to make things work despite their differences when they find out they are in the same school.

My Take on it – When it comes to musicals about teens, this movie is probably obe of the most famous.

Who can forget the T-Birds, The Pink Ladies and of course Rydell High?

The whole atmosohere of this movie is quite fun to watch and you get just about everything one should expect from a production like this one; Excellent songs that will get stuck in your head for years, Unbelievable choreography and a retro feeling to the end of the 50’s similar to what we get from Happy Days or American Graffiti (1973)

The dialogue is fresh and full of much innuendo and makes you believe that teens in that day spoke and acted like they do here.

The problem I have with this movie is that the character development and chemistry is bare to even nonexistent. Even the two main characters of Danny and Sandy don’t show us how they really are in love. Which is quite unfortunate. Recommended!

Bottom Line – Fun musical that gives you exactly what you’d expect but nothing more. Great songs. Amazing choreography and a nostalgic feeling for the late 50’s. The character relationships and chemistry are lacking which doesn’t make certain themes work very well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For a time, it was the third highest-grossing movie of all time behind only Jaws (1975) and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Great music, but I had a hard time believing their love for one another which us what we expect from this kind of movie.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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11 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Grease (1978)

  1. UGH! I hate this movie. That one nerd guy that everyone seems to pick on that movie. Well that was me back in Jr High and Freshman in High School until I stopped caring. You should watch Nostalgia Chicks review on this movie. I like the sequel slightly more then this one

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    • As a kid, I love the sequel. MP and MC were great. Im sure if I rewatch it now, I’ll hate it tho. My mom use to yell at my sister and me for singing “reproduction” all the time. Ill check out their review. Tnx

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