Dirty Dancing

Have the time of your life...
Have the time of your life...
D: Emile Ardolino
Vestron (Linda Gottlieb & Eleanor Bernstein)
USA 🇺🇸 1987
97 mins


W: Eleanor Bergstein
DP: Jeff Jur
Ed: Peter C. Frank
Mus: John Morris
PD: David Chapman
Cos: Hilary Rosenfeld

Jennifer Grey (Frances 'Baby' Houseman), Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle), Jerry Orbach (Dr. Jake Houseman), Cynthia Rhodes (Penny Johnson), Jack Weston (Max Kellerman), Jane Brucker (Lisa Houseman), Kelly Bishop (Marjorie Houseman)

The most critic proof film of 1987. It doesn't matter what I say about this film, you'll either love it or hate it.
During a summer camp vacation in the mid-1960's, a teenager from a strict, conservative family becomes attracted to an older, rebellious dance instructor.
Without doubt, Dirty Dancing will leave all the ladies swooning over Patrick Swayze's rippling chest and abs (and maybe slightly jealous, wishing it was them dancing with Johnny at the end instead of Baby Houseman), this is just a film that guys won't appreciate as much.  It's good bubblegum entertainment which has aspirations to be wholesome, but am I the only person questioning why a Summer Camp Rep in his thirties is romantically cavorting with a teenager?  People get locked up for this sort of thing in real life! (Apologies if I've ruined the magic, but it's kinda true.)
Taking the movie as a metaphor for a teenage girl's step into adulthood it can be appreciated a lot more than the face value story of a girl defying her parents to practice dancing with her rebellious instructor while on holiday at a summer camp in the 1960's.
Grossly overrated by women and completely underrated by men, my opinion sees it fall somewhere in the middle.  A semi-classic of pop culture with a memorable soundtrack of iconic songs.
Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing
Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing