“Nobody puts baby in the corner.”
That’s right, I said it! You heard me! Dirty Dancing. Not my usual fare I grant you (but then again, isn’t that the point of all this?) but I went to see it the other day at an open air cinema and it was brilliant! A tight movie, well scripted, well shot, well acted, and a whole lot of fun. And of course starring the darn sexy Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in two of their best roles ever.
I haven’t seen this film since I was 16 on a coach trip to Spain. They only had one video to watch, so we saw it twice on the way there and once on the way back. Almost enough to put me off for life. If it wasn’t the only thing on when I wanted to go check out an open air cinema I never would have seen it again… and I’d have missed out!
Swayze is brilliant as Johnny, the bad boy dancer getting pushed around by rich society and just trying to survive. Jennifer Grey is perfect as the innocent yet resolute Baby, a daddy’s girl just waiting to come out of her shell. And when they get together, his vulnerable toughness and her tough innocence, they play beautifully against each other. Probably one of the best performances either of them has ever done.
I can’t embed the video I’d like to here, but just click on this link to go see it. You’ll get an idea of how good it really is!
“You’re too stupid to have a good time!”
But, for those of you too blokey to watch Dirty Dancing I have another Swayze classic to recommend, Roadhouse! It’s a little known movie of his but man, he kicks some ass in this little beauty. Swayze plays Dalton, a ‘cooler’ brought in by the owner of the Double Deuce to sorts his bar out and make it the sort of place respectable folks want to go to have fun.
Sounds pretty naff huh? Well picture this: great tunes, great characters (except the baddy, he’s a bit pedestrian), great fight scenes, some great one-liners, there’s a bit of something for everyone in it, even the ladies (Swayze in a tight t-shirt for one).
In many ways it’s just a modern day cowboy movie. A stranger comes to town and sets about releasing it from the iron grip of one evil business man/rancher/plantation owner (delete where applicable). Hell, it’s even got Sam Elliott playing a guy called Wade Garrett for crying out loud (who is just brilliant by the way). Now it don’t get much more cowboy than that!
If you haven’t seen it give it a shot. I guarantee you’ll enjoy it. Hell, maybe you could do a Swayze double bill! That way there’s something for everyone. There’s worse ways to spend an evening! 🙂
Addendum: I just want to say much love and respect to the late great Patrick Swayze. You made some great movies, played some iconic parts, and gave us so many outstanding memories to choose from. Thanks for all that. Rest In Peace man.