Plot: A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. In 1963, "Baby" Houseman is a 17-year-old spending the summer with her family at a resort hotel in the Catskills; she plans on being in the Peace Corps next summer, so this is expected to be her last summer as a carefree adolescent. Baby doesn't get along with her older sister, Lisa, and she's bored to tears by most of the older guests at the resort. However, one night Baby hears what sounds like a party going on in the employee's dormitory, and she pokes her head in to discover most of the hotel staff enjoying the sort of close dancing that would get you kicked out of the senior prom in no time flat. Baby is particularly struck by handsome Johnny Castle, a dancer in the resort's floor show, and falls head over heels in love, wanting to be near him. When Johnny's dance partner, Penny , finds herself pregnant after a fling with one of the waiters, Baby volunteers to learn her steps and take her place; however, Baby's father, Dr. Jake Houseman, will have none of it, convinced that Johnny is a low life and that his daughter is too young to understand her own feelings. Dirty Dancing was a surprise box-office hit, and the soundtrack album was an even bigger success, spawning several hit singles and inspiring a top-drawing concert tour featuring several of its artists. via.
Nicole's Rating: A-
Why Nicole is appalled Matt has never seen it: I mean - it's Dirty Dancing! Nobody puts Baby in a corner and all that. Okay, so the movie is really cheesy, but Patrick Swayze is quite the hunk and the dancing is incredible. It has some of the sexiest/romantic scenes - when Baby asks Johnny to "dance" with her back at his room the night after their competition...! And, when Baby is finally able to do that crazy lift at the end that defies her the entire movie... that's some classic 80s shit right there!
It's a movie I love that makes me want to dance everytime I see it. Patrick Swayze makes me swoon just about every five seconds. And Baby - well she gets the guy even with her pre-op nose. Oh yeah and, GREAT music. She's like the wind.
Matt's Rating: C -
Matt's Review: Gyrating hips, adolescence sex, grinding, abortion, and old people that like to steal things. What's not to like??? Nothing, unless you like good movies. Besides Jennifer Grey, the acting is atrocious, the script appears to be written by a 15 year old girl (the writer only wrote three films...this being her opus and nothing after 1995), and the first half an hour was one giant montage. Not to mention, as a guy, I can only watch Patrick Swayze gyrate for so long before I feel the need to chug a beer and eat a steak. It's a really bad movie. Now, I understand this was not meant to be Citizen Kane or The Godfather and it was supposed to be a fun romantic dancing film (if there is such a thing) that spurred the fad of dirty dancing but I have seen MUCH better romance movies.
The dancing was good, I'll give you that.....god I hope there isn't an NFL lockout this year....But let me tell you ladies why this movie sucked: Two scenes immediately pop into my head. Wait, no, THREE moments. First, the movie appears to be about financing an abortion, which would be OK if it wasn't the subplot and glossed over in order to make room for Swayze to hip thrust the air for fifteen minutes. Second, that famous line "nobody puts baby in the corner" was aaaaaawful. Why? When I pictured this line in my head I pictured some grandiose moment that was meaningful and loaded with, I don't know, PURPOSE. Instead when he said it, she was literally IN A CORNER. Finally, there was this scene where Swayze goes to Baby's father in an attempt to apologize. Well, the father doesn't take kindly to him (maybe its because Swayze was dressed in all leather with HUGE sunglasses on) and he says something to the effect of "your'e just a stupid punk kid" to which Swayze responds with (this is verbatim) "You would say that" and walks away. Nice one Spankee. Are you gonna stick your tongue out a blow a rasberry at him next? Or maybe leave a burning pile of dog shit on his front porch. YOU JUST PROVED HIS POINT. YOU ARE A DUMB KID!
It was a bad movie. I would rather watch food freeze then watch Dirty Dancing again. Let the female hate comments begin...