GREASE (Theatrical Release USA 1978)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.1|5.0 Stars ììì

Grease—a good dancing film—plays off a raunchy script. Parents don’t be fooled by the PG-13 rating. The basic theme is: you have to be a wild girl to be a cool girl and if you want the guy of your dreams, you’ll have to bend some of the rules. Rated as one of the best films of 1978 by a series of reviewers, it barely makes a 3-star rating by Ben Meyers due to poor moral messages sent to teen-age audiences.

Storyline

Over the summer, Danny Zuko (John Travolta) falls in love with an Australian girl, Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John), but when Danny goes back for fall high school classes he has to leave her. He tells her that love is eternal and returns to his high school gang. When he finds that Sandy goes to the same high school he attends, the love story with its typical ups and downs is on.

Additional thanks

Good work for Director Randal Kleiser. Thank you to Producers Allan Carr and Robert Stigwood for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Kenickie (Jeff Conaway), Doody (Barry Pearl), Sonny (Michael Tucci), Putzie (Kelly Ward), and Frenchy (Didi Conn).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It has a unique artistic flavor, but is considerably more mature than expected.

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