GREASE (1978) 

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John Travolta
Olivia Newton-John
Stockard Channing
Jeff Conaway
Barry Pearl
Michael Tucci
Kelly Ward
Didi Cohn
Eve Arden

Randal Kleiser



Time: 110 mins.
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical/Romance/Comedy

Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

SYNOPSIS: Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

BOTTOM LINE: I, like most women my age, have seen GREASE too many times to count. As I get older, why it's so entrancing becomes more and more a mystery to me. It certainly isn't the deepest story, not does it have the best dancing or songs when compared to other films in the musical genre. My best guess is that since most of us were more like Sandy (the nice virgin) than Rizzo (the naughty sexpot), we like to see the nerd transformed into a hotty, who captures the cool boy's heart. Yes, she had to go slutty to get his attention, but that's just fulfilling all of our youthful yearnings to be pretty and desired. The chemistry between Travolta and Newton-John is what keeps this film afloat. That and the catchy, sexy soundtrack. Though the film is supposed to take place in the late 50s, it covers some pretty dangerous ground, especially in the song lyrics. Now that I'm older and understand the meaning behind "Greased Lighting", I'm slightly offended, amused and embarrassed all at the same time. The supporting cast is amazing as well, giving throw away lines and roles more depth than one would expect from such a frothy flick. I can't believe there's anyone out there who hasn't seen this movie, but if you're one of that crowd, get some popcorn, grab a Coke and turn up the volume for an evening of mindless, romantic fun.

"When a guy picks a chick over his buddies, something's gotta be wrong!"

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