Why Dirty Dancing is my Favourite Film

Dirty Dancing is Iconic!


Dirty Dancing is an iconic and timeless film for a reason. You have the lift (you know the one that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling do in Crazy, Stupid, Love?) and the line ("No one puts Baby in the corner"). If you watch it for no other reason, watch it because you need to at least once. Get a hot choccie and enjoy a feel good experience like no other. This, I know, is a stretch of a reason to watch a film, so I'm going to give you four more reasons to jump on this band wagon.

It Comments on the Class System in America



"Some people count and some people don't" - Robbie Gould - ouch. The film is frustrating and aggrivating. At points you want to scream at the screen because of class discrimination. The message is a serious and strong one about how the lower classes are treated, however it doesn't seem forced or initimatidating which is what makes it so good.

It Addresses Privilege Excellently 



Sometimes it takes a couple of watches to get past the cheese,  but if you take away the romance and dancing it's a story about a Middle-Class girl actually learning what it's like to not be middle class. There's a scene where Penny tells Baby how she was kicked out of her home and learned to dance so she could get work; Baby said she "envied her". Then there is where Baby asks her Dad for £250 to help Penny, which is more money than any of the staff at the resort could cumulate in a few weeks let alone overnight. The whole film leads up to Baby's realisation that for some people problems aren't that easily solved; for some people they do just have the short end of the stick and that's how it is. It sounds quite sad really, but that's why we have Patrick Swayze!


"You don’t understand the way it is; I mean for somebody like me. Last month, I’m-I-I’m eating Jujubes to keep alive, this month women are stuffing diamonds in my pockets." -Johnny

Low-Key Feminist Vibes




"That was the summer of 1963 when everybody called me 'Baby', and it didn't occur to me to mind. "

and 

"This is a family place. That means you keep the fingers out of the water, hair out of the soup and show the god-damn daughters a good time. All the daughters - even the dogs".

And an Amazing Soundtrack



Ahem.


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