Beloved musical about an Australian “good girl” and a tough guy greaser who try to rekindle their passionate summer romance despite belonging to drastically different high school cliques in 1950s California.
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Serviceably filmed, but it's the music and playing that makes this one displaying tremendous bounce & joie de vivre. It's all very conformist with teenage rebellion redacted to no more than pimples of bubblegum-blowing insouciance. However as tableau of staged songs of faux 50s Americana (reminiscent of how people lined-up to fill the screen in CinemaScope), it's decent fun and very much part of the furniture now.
Vapid pop escapism, just shut off your brain, relive your childhood. Despite the aggressive faux nostalgia, I'll always love this film for its bold colours, comic book aesthetics and character designs, as well as the glorious CHA CHA!! who for ten minutes transforms the movie into 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!"
The film is meant to be a nostalgic, breezy and unpretentious musical; indeed, its best qualities are its lighthearted charm and memorable soundtrack. The trouble is that it doesn't have much to offer between songs: the characters are dull, there's no real meat to the main story or subplots, and the humor is quite corny. Films like these don't always have to be challenging or insightful, but SOME substance is needed.
Just loved all the musical #s!
Ending kind of disappointed me. Isn't true love when you're comfortable w/ yourself compared to the other person? *SPOILER* Sandy goes all out with the leather and black, perms her hair, and starts smoking and Danny just puts on a freaking varsity letter cardigan. She stays w/ the rebel chick look & he goes back to greasing his hair. .__.