#14. Grease (1978)

♥ Romeo and Juliet ♥ Scarlett and Rhett ♥ Elizabeth and Darcy ♥ Cinderella and Charming ♥ Johnny and June ♥ Bogart and Bacall ♥ Ross and Rachel ♥ Danny & Sandy ♥

Who doesn’t love the classic love story of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olson?! It’s a
classic tale about the good girl falling for the bad boy. I MV5BMTcyMTA5MTY3MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTMwNzAxMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_think I can safely say that we have all seen the movie Grease at least once, but if you haven’t, STOP and go watch RIGHT NOW!

John Travolta had secured his spot on the Hollywood A-List with Saturday Night Fever (1977), when he conquered the role of Danny Zuko. Olivia Newton-John was climbing the music charts when offered the part of Sandy Olson. Together, the pair made this iconic, quotable and timeless film and sealed their roles in American pop culture.

My earliest memory of this movie was watching it on an old VHS tape. My mom taped it from television one afternoon and my sister and I were obsessed ever since. (Side note: we were delighted to discover that we both agreed that our mom looked just like Olivia Newton-John!) We watched Travolta & Newton-John create magic with the catchy bubblegum-pop tunes.  Soon we would know every single word of every single song! Then one devastating day, my sister and I popped the VHS into the VCR only to discover that someone (I won’t name names, you know who you are) had taped an episode of Dr. Phil over what had become a staple in our lives. It was a traumatic event overcome a few years later when we bought it on DVD.

Grease gave me many good memories as a child, but one of the biggest disappointments I have is that real high school was not as fun as Rydell High. I Grease-pink-ladies-13318051-1883-791mean unless I was sick that day, never once did my entire high school lunchroom break out into a catchy pop song about one’s summer fling!! How disappointing is that?! I had been preparing my solo to “Summer Lovin'” for years and then the chance to belt it out never actually happens.

greaseWatching Grease as an adult is drastically different. Most of the crass sexual innuendos went right over my head. I was a pretty naïve kid— A TOTAL SANDY OLSON— all those years I spent singing along with the soundtrack on my disc-man, not realizing that many of the lyrics were actually pretty racy for what posed as family entertainment.


“Gotta be goin’ to that maltshop in the sky”

The scene that resonates with me the most now is Frankie Avalon singing “Beauty School Dropout” to Frenchy in the malt shop. I am 24 years old and most days I have absolutely no idea what I am doing. I’m not quite sure what I want to do or where I want to go, and that is scary. What I wouldn’t give for a ‘Frankie Avalon-like’ guardian angel to show up out of the blue—maybe while I’m in line at Starbucks or something—and give me some sainted life advice—in the form of catchy song of course. Frenchy didn’t realize how lucky she was!! Who knows what would have happened if she didn’t go back to high school? Would she have gone back to beauty school? Would she have become a waitress? Alas, we will never know…

Grease is one of the first musicals many people see. It’s still popular to this day–on both the stage and the screen. Find one person that hasn’t enjoyed Grease a time or two…they’re most likely lying to you.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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