Wherever there’s magic, there’s always somebody yearning to recapture it. But the original Dirty Dancing has a firefly elusiveness. The movie’s pleasures are the shivery kind—they mimic the pre-adolescent ripples of anticipation you might have felt before you even had any idea what sex was. It’s thrilling and just plain fun to watch the barely-clothed Johnny and Baby practicing a dance lift in a placid lake.
Dirty Dancing is a great illustration of the intersection between camp and coming-of-age stories… I like that it’s in this idyllic camp setting that she gets a crash course in class and gender inequities—back ally abortions!—and begins to understand just how shielded she has been from the general messiness of life.
Dirty Dancing is as much about class as it is coming of age, fundamentally altering what camp means by dividing the people who run it and the people who (get to) go. Then sex both articulates and transgresses the division.
One of those classics groaners that somehow has gotten better with age. Contrived plot, silly characteratures and awful music yet somehow it still works. Jennifer Grey a delight as Baby, the young girl blossoming into womanhood one magic summer. Jerry Orbach very good as the father and Swayze and Rhodes good when they're dancing. Jumped off the shelf tonight and was surprised at how much i enjoyed even now.
Esta es del tipo de mamadas que uno se queda a ver para medir que tanta cantidad de pena ajena se es capaz de soportar. De que la tal Jennifer Gray aguantaba sus dos que tres caidas, va, pero eso de poner al tal Patrick Swayze de galanazo...esta mas bonito mi huevo derecho, la verdad.
What is meant to be a story of summer love affair is turned into a time capsule where everything still feels alive and eternal, with characters of strong personalities and moral codes no matter how flawed their actions at certain point look like. Patrick Swayze pulls a role of his career while whole ensemble brings believable feel that we're watching coming of age picture that just happened to become a teen favorite.
Dance scenes are reliably entertaining. A hot take on Reagan era revisionism of the 60s' mixture of disillusionment and repression gone cold. Inputting new wave pop as an audio cue to the reconstructive climax's blending of societal taboos. The goal of the heroine, as with most 80s pop pictures, is finding new and more enlightened ways of gaining daddy's approval.
It deliver on the title by having a young girl and man dancing dirty together. Swayze stole the show though by his dance moves and singing the "She's Like the Wind" song making him that decade's John Travolta for a generation of girl hearts. Jennifer Grey was also great doing a role that she could never top.