BY SUMMER KAUFFMAN
“Dirty Dancing” hit screens on Aug. 21, 1987 and took the world by storm. Even though the film was rejected because the storyline was considered absurd and risqué for its time since it included an abortion within the plot, the way the storyline was executed was tasteful and not trashy. The low-budgeted film is set in 1963 at the Catskills resort in New York and follows the Houseman family, mainly their daughter Frances or “Baby” (Jennifer Grey), throughout their family vacation. She falls in love with Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), who is also a hotel dancer. Grey’s performance in this film was incredible because of her dancing skills and chemistry with co-star Swayze. The costume design was remarkable with beautiful patterns and styles, especially the iconic dress that Grey wears at the end of the film. Music plays a huge role in this movie especially because the plot revolves around dancing, and without it the movie would’ve been a flop. There are a variety of classic songs played throughout the movie like ‘Be My Baby’ by The Ronettes, ‘You don’t own me’ by The Blow Monkeys, and ‘The Time of My Life’ by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. The film has remained a romantic cult classic because of its fun nature and amazing storyline. Dirty Dancing is not just a movie but a huge revelation in pop culture history. Filled with amazing music, fun and laughter this film is one of the most popular and iconic movies of the decade of excess.