Things in Grease you only notice as an adult
Danny. Sandy Olsson is one of the main characters in Grease. Sandy and her local boy Danny Zuko and vacationing Sandy Olsson meet at the beach and fall. Grease is a American musical romantic comedy film based on the musical of the Headed back to class, Sandy reveals that it was Danny Zuko she met, and Rizzo teases that perhaps she'll meet him again. At a pep rally before a . And, if Rizzo and the rest of the Pink Ladies kicked off Grease stood in the . The very first time we meet Danny and Sandy they're on the beach at the end of.
And, if Rizzo and the rest of the Pink Ladies kicked off Grease stood in the gym surrounded by "Welcome Back, Seniors" banners, their ensuing conversation in the parking lot would make much more sense too. In flashback, it's fine. As it stands, the ladies' discussion of what it means to be high school seniors is slightly cringe-worthy.
The most shocking thing about the collection of photos is that nobody looks too different to how they did in the movie. This is either down to good genes, plastic surgery, healthy living, or the fact that none of them were all that young to begin with. For clarity, the year Grease was released, the youngest cast member was John Travolta at But watched with modern eyes, the sexual politics in particular really don't sit too well.
Whether it's the slut-shaming of poor Rizzo the best character overall, which we'll get into more in-depth soonFrenchie's description of Cha Cha as the girl with the "worst reputation" at her high school, or the leader of rival gang The Scorpions telling Kenickie he'll give him 75 cents for his car "including your chick," the movie isn't shy about showing us that women are beneath men.
It's a real shame, too, because in lots of ways the movie is quite clever in how it skewers long-held teen movie stereotypes, like how super-nerd Eugene turns out to be a master athlete in disguise at the funfair at the end, or Patty Simcox's hysterical reaction to the destroyed decorations at the dance falling on deaf ears.
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From "what's up, Kenick? In fact, most of the banter between Rizzo and Kenickie is comprised of back-and-forth dirty talk. Her so-called boyfriend even jokes that "a hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card " as though that's somehow going to make her feel prouder of the marks on her neck. Rizzo is, arguably, the worst culprit, particularly when it comes to ribbing other people. She asks Danny if he's going to "flog your log" when he looks crestfallen in the car.
Later, she tells the other T-Birds to scram because "what do you guys think this is, a gang bang? He's being a bit rough with her, trying to kiss her against her will, and she tells him not to spoil it. He ignores her protestations and tells her it's only making it better. Not having learned his lesson, at the drive-in, when Sandy is already upset with him, Danny first tries to sneakily cop a feel while she's focused on the movie. When she notices, he grabs her, gets on top of her much to her very vocal distressand assures her that it's okay because nobody is watching them.
Danny is well aware of what kind of lady Sandy is, yet he still thinks he can convince her to fool around in the middle of a packed, outdoor movie theater. Screaming at him to stop doesn't work so, naturally, she resorts to violence.
And we, as an audience, are supposed to feel bad for Danny as a result. The biggest laughs come from the principal and her assistant YouTube Grease is still really funny in general particularly the older you getbut the little moments shared between the principal and her hapless assistant are pure gold. Whether it's finding the schedule for last semester, instead of this year's, or going too hard with the xylophone for morning announcements, getting caught up in the typewriter wire, or crying at the end of term, they share some of the best moments in the whole movie.
And so much of their dynamic is communicated without words. Arden's IMDb lists screen credits, while Goodman was working steadily into the early s. Their easy rapport, with McGee scolding her useless assistant while clearly harboring a huge amount of warmth for her, is really lovely and it sells what are often the slowest moments in teen movies such as this i.
That is, if it even registered in the first place. Is it a reference to bras i. Is that even a real term for bras that people use? Is it another innuendo? Some weird '50s slang that nobody gets half a century later? The answer is actually much more interesting. The reference was placed into the movie to give some authenticity to the time period in which it's set, because Funicello would've been a cultural reference point at the time, particularly for lusty young men.
Rizzo is so against the idea of "Summer Nights" she's not part of the choreography It's the first big banger of the movie, but there's one character who refuses to get caught up in the awesomeness of "Summer Nights" aside from maybe Sonny, who is mad at Danny for bragging about his prowess with the ladies.
From the outset, Rizzo is not interested in taking part in the conversations surrounding Sandy's summer romance. She tells her there's no such thing as a special guy, and tries to put her off even telling the story. When the song kicks off, she sits stiffly at the opposite end of the table from everybody else, refusing to sway along with the others while Sandy trills about Danny. Then, she lays down on the bench, sunning herself, during her one line "cause he sounds like a drag". And finally, Rizzo purposely pushes Sandy and Patti over into a trashcan, ruining their poise and disrupting the song entirely.
The idea of integrating the choreography with Rizzo's refusal to join in is a brilliant, hilarious choice that's totally fitting for her character. The song may be one of the most popular and beloved songs to come from Grease, but it's also majorly problematic, particularly nowadays with everything we know about rape culture, issues of consent, etc.
One of the standout lyrics sees Kenickie asking Danny "did she put up a fight? The whole thing is engineered to show off how much Danny is lying about the dirtier elements of the summer fling, while Sandy coos about how romantic it all was, meaning the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
But lines like "Did you get very far? How much say did Sandy have in these seaside activities anyway?! Rizzo is the most sympathetic character The older you get, the more you realize that Rizzo is actually the most sympathetic character in the whole movie.
Frenchie is sweet and kind but she also drops out of high school in her final year when she could probably just wait, Marty doesn't get enough of an arc, and Sandy, as the song goes, is a bit of a sap. Rizzo is the most layered and nuanced female character, brilliantly played by a raw and committed Stockard Channing.
She's the only one of the girls who gets a proper arc, who makes mistakes and then learns from them, has plenty of funny moments like when she makes fun of Marty's glasses because "you can still see your face"and she gets the best song too. Just how good Channing is in this role was made evident during Grease Live when a brilliant, but still lacking, Vanessa Hudgens struggled to bring the same level of emotional struggle and authenticity to the role.
Kenickie pulls out a knife to fight the Scorpions, Doody pulls out a water gun YouTube The T-Birds' long-running turf war with rival gang The Scorpions is hinted at throughout the movie, from the "75 cents for the whole car" comment to their leader taking Rizzo and Marty to the dance.
A final showdown sees their sworn enemies beaten and disgraced at Thunder Road thanks to a tricky body of water. Before that, though, there's a moment at the pep rally that demands a closer look. On the surface, it isn't too much of an incident.
Sandy leaves Tom Chisum to see if Danny is alright, and they are seemingly reconciled. Danny attempts to go to the Frosty Palace with Sandy so that they can be alone and not worry about ruining his image in front of his friends.
They end up discovering the T-Birds and Pink Ladies are already there and Danny finds it hard to charm Sandy without looking weak in front of his friends. After everyone leaves the malt shop, Frenchy, who has been hiding her pink hair under a scarf, imagines a guardian angel to tell her what to do with her life, who turns out to be Frankie Avalon singing "Beauty School Dropout".
Rizzo, now angry with Kenickie, takes the rival gang's leader, Leo, to the dance, thus enticing Kenickie to take the rival gang leader's girlfriend, Cha Cha DiGregorio Annette Charles who is also Danny's ex-girlfriend.
The dance features several well-known songs from the '50s covered by Sha Na Na. During the dance-off, Rizzo leaves in a huff, seeing Kenickie dancing with Cha Cha, and Danny and Sandy are one of the few couples still in the dance-off. Sandy realizes that Cha Cha was one of Danny's past girlfriends and a much better dancer. Sandy leaves the gym upset, and Danny and Cha Cha end up winning the contest. When they share their spotlight dance, three of the T-Birds run in front of the camera and moon the crowd.
Later, Danny takes Sandy to a drive-in movie. Danny tries to remove the class ring he is wearing to give it to her, but in doing so he accidentally elbows Sandy in the chest. Danny gives Sandy the ring and she kisses him on the cheek, saying she realizes now he respects her. The scene cuts to Marty and Rizzo in the drive-in's restroom. Rizzo's unprotected sex with Kenickie has come back to haunt her--she tells Marty she missed a period. One of the T-Birds, Sonny Michael Tuccioverhears Marty accidentally proclaiming to couples making out outside the restroom to make way for the "lady with a baby", and asks Marty what she meant so she tells him the story and the rumor spreads quickly.
When Kenickie asks Rizzo why she didn't tell him about it, she lies and tells him it isn't his out of anger. He thanks her sarcastically, and leaves her standing by herself. Marty has also suffered as a result of her crush on Vince Fontaine--she reveals to Rizzo that she caught him trying to put an aspirin in her Coke.
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Back in the car Danny has his arm around Sandy. His hand lingers above her chest and she sees it and he starts trying to make out with her. She screams, gets out of the car, slams the door on Danny, throws back his ring which she calls a "piece of tin"and leaves the drive-in. Danny laments losing Sandy again, and reveals the true extent of his feelings for her in the song "Sandy" he is helpless without her.
Kenickie asks Danny to be his second, and Marty gives Kenickie a lucky penny. She drops it, and as Kenickie bends down to pick it up, he gets knocked out when one of the T-Birds opens the car door. As a result, Danny has to race in Kenickie's place. Sandy sits on the hill watching the neck-and-neck race, which Danny manages to win.
While she is happy to see Danny win, she has misgivings about her own image, reflected in the song "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee Reprise ". Sandy thinks that Frenchy can help her win Danny's heart, and asks to go over to her house to take advantage of Frenchy's suspect fashion skills.