It looks like this weekend will be all about dance here, since I decided to do my Sunday Review about the unmissable Dirty Dancing. I’ve seen this movie more than 20 times and I still enjoy re-seeing it. It has certainly aged, and not in a fine wine way, and even when it was released, in 1987, it was a small budget with not really known actors. So, my usual question for classics is here: why is it a classic?
When Emile Ardolino (who knew the name of Dirty Dancing director?) decided to do this film, he certainly thought that it was a nice story, full of this innocence that we like to find in Disney Princess movies. And I think he was perfectly right. We like Dirty Dancing as we like a good Disney love story. The princess has the same silly childishness and unstoppable kindness. The prince, him, is here to be handsome, charming and heroic. They live in a kingdom called Kellerman’s Mountain House filled with courtiers such as the Pressmans or the Schumachers and domestics like Billy, Robbie or Penny. The arrogant son of the king wants to marry the princess but she falls in love with the servant Johnny.
We have the ball in the end, we have the demoiselle in distress, the cheesy songs and the nice or funny sidekicks. The recipe is there and still working very well. So well that they were able to do it all over again with a Dirty dancing 2 that works the same way.
I don’t see an other explanation for Dirty Dancing’s success. It’s not particularly well interpreted, the photography is just okay, the settings are fine but nothing more and it’s not really originally directed. With the years it got more mushy and quaint. Nevertheless, it keeps being referred to in other movies and us girls keep watching it with the stupid smile and a tear.
In the end, all we want is an old fashion fairy tale. I don’t think there is much more to say… except maybe… they lived happily ever after. THE END.