Original Release: August 21st, 1987
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Written by: Eleanor Bergstein
Starring: Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey
As a female child of the 80’s it might be blasphemy for me to say this but aside from the killer soundtrack “Dirty Dancing” is nothing but your average boring star-crossed lovers story. Swayze “bad boy with the heart of gold” caricature barely straddles the line and he plays neither side well. As for Grey’s sweet innocent Baby, she plays the poor little rich girl routine nicely. I always forget it’s a movie set in the 1960’s because the movie as a whole has a very 1980’s feel. I find Baby and Johnny’s final dance to be cheesy and hardly entertaining. I wish I loved this movie more, but its flat characters and basic script made the love story incompatible with me.