65. 'Grease' (1978)
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Five lessons I learned from watching "Grease" as a little kid: 1) "If you
can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter"; 2) If you are a "greaser" type
of guy, the only viable school sport for you is track; 3) Dessert wine goes well
with Twinkies; 4) Car racing is cool, especially if you win; and 5)
Wholesomeness is boring; it's much more fun to wear tight clothes and spiked
heels, and know when to stub out your ciggy butt.
Thirty-five years later, I can still recite much of the dialogue and song
lyrics from "Grease." As an adult, however, I can better appreciate the sheer
charm and brilliance of the film — the simple, genuine dialog, catchy tunes,
bawdy lyrics, as well as timeless humor, have all endured over the years. It's
like a time capsule of what we all romanticize the pompadour-ed, poodle-skirty
1950's to be, and watching those teens sing and dance their way through the
challenges of life never grows tiresome.
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John Travolta as Danny Zuko and Olivia
Newton-John as Sandy Olsen, like the rest of the cast, definitely look older
than high school seniors. But who cares? They embodied their characters with
such youthful vigor and angst, and we can't help but root for them to end up
together. The actors playing the Pink Ladies and the T-birds, especially
scene-stealers Stockard Channing as Rizzo and Jeff Conaway as Kenickie, give
funny, memorable performances.
With so many excellent quotes and unforgettable songs, "Grease" is the word.
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