It’s been awhile since I posted a C&C, and too long since we watched one. We actually watched this several months ago, with guest viewers Chris, Becca, and Jeremy. We all had a great time with this classic flick, laughing at the cheesy parts, and loving the charm and subtle messages we all missed as kids.
For those who have been living under a rock, Dirty Dancing is a romantic drama released in 1987. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the movie follows the story of a young woman (Jennifer Grey) whose family visits a popular summer resort at the Catskills. She falls for dance instructor Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze, much to her father’s chagrin. The movie shows the split between the haves, and have-nots, the struggles of women in the 60s, and a heart warming ending that’s a staple of 80’s movies. Music, dancing, and training montages are all at play in this classic that should be seen by everyone.
The first thing to note is Dirty Dancing is deeper than its given credit for. The story looks at the social disparity of the time, not only between the rich and poor, but also the sexes. The movie does it all without being preachy too. Baby stands up to her father’s obstinate refusal to see the world as she’s seeing it, and even though he still looks down on the people from the ‘other side of the late’, he still helps the young woman who needs his medical help after a backroom abortion. The writers make baby a good, strong and compelling, without making her opposite Johnny a bad guy. Sexism is addressed through the younger Kellerman, and Robbie, without making it seem like every guy there was the same. It’s all handled with good writing, and a decent cast.
Of course it’s the 80s, so you have your typical cheese. Synchronized dance scenes, music that doesn’t fit the period, and one of the best training montages in movie history. Dirty Dancing is a great movie, despite it’s age and faults. As my buddy Chris said, it’s the perfect date movie, and it’s just a good movie to watch when you need something comfortable and familiar to watch. And of course, Swayze. What 80s iconic movie is complete without him and in this case the typical 80s bad guy character name, Johnny as Chris pointed out. Swayze owned every room he walked into in this film and his chemistry with Jennifer seemed genuine and honest, despite their differences on set.
If you haven’t seen this movie, I encourage you to give it a watch. It’s well worth it and you won’t regret it. I think you’ll find it charming, fun, and endearing.