Dirty Dancing: 10th Anniversary Edition | Chicago Reader

Dirty Dancing: 10th Anniversary Edition

The sound track of this 1987 dancing-equals-sex vehicle has been remastered, which is unfortunate because it seems to suffer from the intervention of digital-happy engineers: lines of dialogue often stand out with such clarity from the rest of the mix that they seem dissociated from the characters who speak them. But this hardly matters if you relish the evolution of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) from naive do-gooder to do-gooder who can dance under the tutelage of the initially bitter dance teacher (Patrick Swayze) at a family resort in upstate New York in 1963. Grey's physical assertiveness toward Swayze, who questions his us-and-them attitude toward the rich as a result of his relationship with her, is striking on the big screen—one argument for seeing the movie there instead of on video, where gestures subtler than the close-up in which she grabs his ass may be lost: it's the teenage girl's initiative that turns her summer fantasy into real coming-of-age drama. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino.

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