Monday, December 04, 2006

Dirty Dancing 1987

Dirty Dancing
is the Classic tale of love overcoming class.
BabyHouseman is the daughter of Dr. Houseman and she is obviously a "daddy's girl." the beginning of the movie shows Baby in the car with her sister, mom, and father driving to the summer getaway they've been going to for years. Her voiceover explains how she is still naive and doesn't even care yet that people call her baby.
Shortly after arrivng, Baby watches Johnny Castle, the dancer and dance instructor, and is intrigued. Johnny is from the wrong side of the tracks and it would be a major breech of social contract for Baby to be involved with him.
Baby saves his friend and saves his job by covering for his partner while she gets an "abortion." Of course the two fall in love, but they can never be together. When Baby finally reveals to her father that she's been seeing Johnny, he is extremely disappointed. Johnny gets fired for their relationship, but of course comes back for her in the end. Where they have their finally dancing number at the annual talent show. Dr. Houseman sees that he is a good guy.In a corny and completely unrealistic finish, the poor workers and the rich people who attend all merge to dance together all because Baby and Johnny beat the class system!
Opening Voiceover:
"That was the summer of 1963 - when everybody called me Baby, and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps, and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman's."- Baby

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