Sunday, July 02, 2006

They Danced All Night Long!!

Dirty Dancing (1987), produced by Emile Ardolino is all about HOT summer love, sex and a woman finding her self through dancing.

We start out with Frances 'Baby' Houseman (Jennifer Gray) giving us a narrative of the summer of 1963 where she is stuck in the Catskills at a summer camp with her parents and sister. All she wants to do is get through another summer and get on with her life and join the Peace Corps. Attempting to make the best of the situation, Baby attends the organized classes, the camp offers, on meringue dancing. That is until she meets Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), he is a dance instructor at the family camp. Baby’s whole attitude changes once she meets Johnny. This leads to Baby having her father help Penny after her abortion has gone bad and to Johnny and Baby getting into a sexual relationship. With Johnny now in her life, Baby learns the steps to a new dance, a dirty dance, which allows her to discover new strengths and talents in order to define her place in her own rapidly changing world. In the end Baby ends up dancing with Johnny at the “End of the Season” show and Johnny says the #1 line from the movie, "No one puts Baby in the Corner".

This film represents a time when love could blossom in the summer, and also the never-ending story of a girl who grows to be a woman. I think this movies shows a lot about what was going on in the 1980's. It shows woman trying to break out on her own and make her own life, despite what society thinks. It is also one of the first movies, that I can remember, that talk openly about abortions and pre-marital sex. I think that Eleanor Bergstein did a great job bringing these topics to the audience in a tasteful way. I think that Dirty Dancing was a very enjoyable movie to watch and will be watched by many generations to come.

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