The Movie Snob pens a new review for an old movie.
Dirty Dancing (B). Movie critic though I am, it has taken me over a quarter of a century to get around to this 1987 release starring Jennifer Grey (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and the late Patrick Swayze (Ghost). A local theater was showing it as part of a “Classic Movie Series,” so I decided to check it out. I thought it was an entertaining little movie, if a little predictable. In case you are truly the last person on the planet not to have seen this movie, I’ll give you the synopsis. In the summer of 1963, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey) is about to go off to college and then join the Peace Corps to change the world. But she takes some time out to go to a summer resort with her family, where there are lots of lame old people and lame old-people things to do. But the resort has a seamy underbelly—the young adults who work at the resort by day engage in wild, dare I say dirty, dancing parties by night. Does Baby discover this steamy subculture and promptly fall for the leader of the pack, Johnny Castle (Swayze)? Does the Pope wear a funny hat? The biggest surprise to me was that a botched illegal abortion is a major plot device, which probably contributed to the PG-13 rating. Well, that plus all the dirty dancing. Director Emile Ardolino had one more big hit, Sister Act (1992), and died at the age of 50 in 1993. One last bit of Dirty Dancing trivia—my fellow critic Roger Ebert gave this movie one star upon its release. Ouch!