Monday, December 17, 2012

Movie Monday: Grease


While catching up on Glee last week (yesIwatchGleeshutupit'saguiltypleasure), I realised that it had been about a millionty years since I watched Grease. And considering I got the soundtrack on CD for my 14th birthday and used to listen to it practically every day, I felt that it was time I rectified the lack of watching I've done in recent years.
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Reasons why Grease is awesome:
1. The opening credits.
2. THE MUSIC OH MY GOD THE MUSIC. I dare you not to sing along.
3. John Travolta attempting to play an 18 year old (he was 23).
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4. Olivia Newton-John attempting to play an 18 year old (she was 28).
5. The hair.
6. The cars.
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7. Making fun of the football team on the bleachers.

8. Blanche and the Principal. They're HILARIOUS.
9. The costumes.

10. Stockard Channing. I don't even care that she's a 33 year old woman playing an 18 year old high school senior. There is no one else who could have played Rizzo as brilliantly as she does.
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11. Jeff Conaway as Kenickie. Fantastic.
12. The sleepover scene. It's my favourite.
13. Frenchy's pink hair.
14. Jan at the dance. LOLTASTIC.
15. How hilariously long the cheerleaders' skirts are.
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16. The scene where Danny's trying out for various sporting teams. It's brilliant.
17. OH MY GOD, HOW ON EARTH DID OUR PARENTS LET US WATCH THIS MOVIE?!?!?!?! It's so insanely smutty.
18. The buckets of crazy that is the Teen Angel scene.
19. The Pink Ladies.
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20. Thunder Road.
21. The utter ridiculousness of 'Hopelessly Devoted to You'. I mean, she's singing to a piece of paper in a paddling pool.
22. The T-Birds.
23. The entirety of 'You're the One that I Want'.
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24. Blanche working the fairy floss machine at the carnival. So hilariously incompetent.
25. The hilariously random flying car at the end.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "I've got so many hickeys people will think I'm a leper." "Relax... A hickey from Kenickie's like a Hallmark card: when you care enough to send the very best."
- "The only thing that hangs around you, Sonny, are the flies."
- "Blanche, do you have the new schedules?" "Yes, I just had my hands on them." "Oh, good. They'll be nice and smudged."
- "You're cruisin' for a bruisin'."
- "Too bad his brains are in his biceps!"
- "I don't look at it as dropping out. I look at it as a very strategic career move!"
- "What's with you tonight?" "I feel like a defective typewriter." "Huh?" "I skipped a period!"
- "Hey, Marty, are those new glasses?" "Oh, yeah, I just got 'em for school. Don't you think they make me look smarter?" "Nah, you can still see your face!"
- "That is the ugliest looking thing I ever saw."
- "Oh, I'm not very hungry. Just gimme a double Polar Burger with everything, and a cherry soda with chocolate ice cream."
- "Sandy, you just can't walk out of a drive-in!"
- "Twinkies and wine? Oh, that's real class, Jan." "It says right here, it's a dessert wine!"
- "Are you making fun of me, Riz?" "Some people are so touchy."
- "What did she give him?" "A lock of hair. From her chest."
- "Doody, how do I look?" "Like a beautiful blonde pineapple!"
- "We have pictures of you so-called mooners. And just because the pictures aren't of your faces doesn't mean we can't identify you. At this very moment those pictures are on their way to Washington where the FBI has experts in this type of identification. If you turn yourselves in now, you may escape a Federal charge."
- "Don't worry about it, Sandy. If she screws up, she can always fix your hair so your ears don't show!"
- "Tell me about it, stud."

Okay, so it has a pretty terrible message to young girls. But it's just so much freaking fun!

So. Thoughts?

K xx

18 comments:

  1. I was so happy when I saw you re-blogging gifs of Grease on tumblr because I freaking love that movie, especially Stockard Channing, she is a goddess. Oh, and the music, you cannot not sing along.

    Don't worry about watching Glee, I do too, even though they are getting worse with every episode. And they butchered the Sandra D song in my opinion. But then again, there is no better person to play Rizzo than Stockard Channing. Well, Santana was not that bad actually, but she is Santana after all...

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    1. In my opinion, Glee kind of ruined all the songs by sanitising them. But yeah, Santana playing Rizzo was pretty awesome!

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    2. Well, that's just what Glee does, I think.

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  2. I love this movie! (And I love that you were inspired to write this because of Glee. HA!) It's just so great. It does have a horrible message to girls, and I really don't understand how we were allowed to watch it as kids. Heck, we watched it in a Lutheran Elementary school. WTF? sigh. Oh well - it's brilliant!

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    1. Also- the actual stage production is even more smutty.

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    2. I watched this in elementary school too! I am assuming that they at least had to send home permission slips, and a lot of it just went over our heads, but... yeah, still.

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    3. Hahahahaha, it really is a terrible movie to show to a primary school class. Although I guess there are worse things they could have shown you...

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  3. I watch Glee too - but not usually at home, because you know...we don't really watch tv. But on the plane...Oh, yeah baby.

    How old was Jeff Conoway? Because that's always what confused me, I was all "why is a 105 year old planning a high schools student.

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    1. Jeff Conoway and Olivia Newton-John were both 28. Stockard Channing was 34 and John Travolta was 34 when it came out (so theoretically 33 and 23 when it was filmed). The rest of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds ranged from 20 (Marty, played by Dinah Manoff) to 32 (Sonny, played by Michael Tucci).

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    2. What Sarah said. But yeah, not even remotely a plausible teenager.

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  4. I saw "Grease" for the first time when I was about 6 because my dad remembered the "great music" and thought the family would love it. My older sister was 8. My brother was 4. Yep.

    Buuuuutt, it was during that first viewing (where EVERYTHING went over my head) that I decided that one day, when I was older, I wanted to play Sandy just so I could sing "Summer Nights." (This was sort of akin to wanting to play Liesl in "The Sound of Music" at the age of 16 just to sing "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." Anyway...) And then, as a junior in high school, I actually got to play Sandy. Except it was the school version. And we had everything from little kids to actual high schoolers. Which was...interesting. Our Vince Fontaine was played by a 6-year-old. Also, they cut out "All Choked Up" (the end song from the stage version, replaced with "You're the One That I Want" for the movie) because it was "too provocative." And we changed the ending so that Sandy didn't stay all goody-goody, but didn't become a Pink Lady just to get Danny. Instead she "chose her own path." And they told me not to say stud. But I did anyway.

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    1. Hahahaha, that sounds like a PHENOMENAL production!! I'm pretty sure I would have said it too.

      And my brother and I saw Pretty Woman when he was 2 and I was 4. It was on a plane back in the bad old days when there was one screen at the front of each section and you watched what was on, age appropriate or not!

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    1. Seriously, are there any movies that we DON'T agree on?!?!

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  6. Of course I love this movie because it is skeevy, inappropriate magic. And why does the car fly away at the end? BECAUSE IT CAN, K. BECAUSE IT CAN.

    It is lifted up by the sheer brilliance of the film, clearly.

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    1. Oh, of course. How foolish of me not to realise!!!

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  7. Loooooooooove it. LOVE.

    Travolta was such a fox. NOW look at him...! Face Widening Syndrome much?! I know, I'm a bitch. Can't help it. ;-) Aaaaand that painted-on or sprayed-on hair? ::shudder::

    My bro and I always used to piss ourselves at the following exchange in the film, when Sandy and Danny run into each other at the pep rally:

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    Danny: That's cool, baby. You know how it is, rockin' and rollin' and whatnot.
    Sandy: Danny...?
    Danny: That's my name, don't wear it out.
    Sandy: What's the matter with you?
    Danny: What's the matter with ME, baby, what's the matter with YOU?
    Sandy: What happened to the Danny Zuko I met at the beach?!
    Danny: Well, I do not know. Maybe there's two of us. Why don't you take out a missing person's ad? Or try the Yellow Pages, I don't know.

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    Hahahahahah. Travolta's delivery seals it for me, and his faux-blasé facial expressions.

    Also, personally? I think kids are too sheletered nowadays in terms of what they can and can't watch. I mean, sure, Grease had some smutty moments, but for the most part those things don't really stick with kids, amirite? I think most kids wouldn't take notice of such things and, if they did, it'd be mostly a moment where they'd snicker and be all "Ooh, that's naughty/weird/cheeky!"

    Stockard Channing is fabulous.

    xox

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    1. YES! That scene is hilaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarious. And yeah, given how surprised I was by the smut factor this time around, it would seem that kids really DON'T pick up on stuff like this!

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