Dirty Dancing (1987) – Encore Review


“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” – Baby

Number of Times Seen – More than 10 times (Theater in 1987, cable, video, DVD, 16 Oct 2004, 20 Nov 2013 and 4 Dec 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – At a summer bungalow colony in the Catskills during the early 1960’s, a young girl falls in love with one of the dance instructors.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw quite often as a kid since I have 4 older sisters who loved it.

Even after more than 3 decades, this film is still quite iconic and enjoyable.

The film largely works due to the very sizzling chemistry between Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze which is still deemed as one of the best onscreen couples of film.

Their chemistry together helps move the story along and keeps things interesting throughout.

The music of this film is superb and each and every one of the songs is quite memorable especially since they find new and unique ways to present each of them.

The choice to place the film in the early 60’s is a great one and they are able to show the innocence of the time just mere months before the Kennedy assassination that changed the world.

The iconoclastic way that they build up the story works quite well.

The way that are able to create characters that are developed really well along with others who feel like stereotypes hurts the film a bit.

It was quite nostalgic to watch this film again after 5 years and it flooded my mind with memories of years ago.

Bottom Line – Great film that stills feels so iconic even after more than 30 years. The chemistry between Grey and Swayze is sizzling throughout and that helps the story move along at such an interesting pace. The music is superb and each song is quite memorable especially due to the way they present most of them.  The story itself works within the iconoclasm that is created for this story and they give us both developed characters and also stereotypical ones which takes a bit away from it all.  The way that they present the innocence of the time works really well to try and show how the world was seen before everything was changed just a few short months later with the assassination of Kennedy. So nostalgic to rewatch this film after not having seen it in 5 years. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The very famous scene where Johnny and Baby are practicing their dancing and they are crawling towards each other on the floor wasn’t intended to be part of the film; they were just messing around and were warming up to do the real scene, but Director Emile Ardolino liked it so much, he kept it in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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