Genre Guesstimation – Dirty Dancing (1987) – Encore Review 2


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 has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Family Vacation Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to FamilyVacation@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

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 Family Vacation Movies.

“Sorry for the interruption, folks, but I always do the last dance of the season. This year somebody told me not to. So I’m gonna do my kind of dancin’ with a great partner, who’s not only a terrific dancer, but somebody… who’s taught me… that there are people willing to stand up for other people no matter what it costs them. Somebody who’s taught me about the kind of person I wanna be. Miss Frances Houseman.” – Johnny

Number of Times Seen – More than 10 times (Theater in 1987, cable, video, DVD, 16 Oct 2004, 20 Nov 2013, 4 Dec 2018 and 21 Aug 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A teenager falls in love with a dance instructor at a Catskill’s Mountain resort in the early 1960’s.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve seen countless times due to the fact that my sisters all loved it so much when it was on cable in the 80’s. It surprisingly holds up quite well even after 35 years and helped me wax much nostalgia watching it again. The characters are developed quite well and they do a nice job of taking usual movie tropes and mixing them up to add suspense and tension at certain points.  The cats is superb and Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze have amazing chemistry together. The music is astounding and helps make this an even better film to watch; no matter how often you’ve seen it.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Patrick Swayze had to convince Jennifer Grey to be in this film because she disliked him so much while filming Red Dawn (1984). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really really close. Great music and story that works even after 35 years.

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

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