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Quick Review - Paramount's Grease

Grease is the word.

Grease is a 1978 musical teen romantic comedy film directed by Randal Kleiser, written by Bronté Woodard, produced by Allan Carr Enterprises and Stigwood Group, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is based off of the 1972 musical of the same name. It stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. It was nominated for but did not win Best Original Song. This is the first film in the Grease franchise. It was followed by Grease 2. In 2020, the film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically" significant.


"Tell me more! Tell me more!" - The T-Birds

Plot


After a magical and romantic summer, teenage lovebirds Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson reunite during the school year, but this time, they are involved in the pressures and cliques of high school.


My Favorite Part of Grease


Grease is based off of a musical, and it's very clear, because the songs are very Broadway-esc. They're catchy and filled with great dancing and staging. They can be really big in scope or they can be personal and small. Whatever it is, the music and dance numbers are the best part of the movie. From classics like Summer Nights to Greased Lightnin', this film is full of fun, energetic, and memorable songs.


My Least Favorite Part of Grease


Unfortunately, the songs are really the only redeeming part of this film. Instead of providing any sort of compelling story or characters, Grease is just concerned with showing us these insanely stereotypical high schoolers from the 50s. All of the characters are just these exaggerated stereotypes of the various types of kids in high school, and so none of them are likable. I am in high school right now, so I don't know if that has any influence on it, but I just couldn't stand any of these characters because of how animated they were. I really, really didn't like that.


Why I Didn't Like Grease


Grease is one of those musicals that probably works a lot better on stage than on screen. There isn't really a shred of story in this movie. We hop from character to character like we're Han Solo zipping through the galaxy at light-speed. The only time that I wasn't rolling my eyes in when there was a good song. Otherwise, the characters are just unlikable and the story is just going nowhere. I did not enjoy this movie.


Final Thoughts and Score


The 70s were a different time. Maybe people enjoyed watching stereotypical high schoolers be idiots while singing. I didn't.


I will give Grease a Sour. Age range is 11+.


SWEET N' SOUR SCALE

Sweet (Great) Savory (Good) Sour (Bad) Moldy (Terrible)


"Grease"


Fun Factor: 5.5/10

Acting: 6.5/10

Story: 2.5/10

Characters: 3/10

Quality: 4.5/10


Directed by Randal Kleiser


Rated PG for sexual references, language, thematic elements


Released on June 16, 1978


1 hour and 50 minutes


John Travolta as Danny Zuko

Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson

Didi Conn as Frenchy

Jeff Conaway as Kenickie

Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo

Eve Arden as Principal McGee

Sid Caesar as Coach Vince Calhoun

Barry Pearl as Doody

Michael Tucci as Sonny LaTierri

Kelly Ward as Putzie

Jamie Donnelly as Jan

Dinah Manoff as Marty Maraschino

Eddie Deeze as Eugene Felsnic

Susan Buckner as Patty Simcox

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