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Grease Sing-A-Long

Grease (1978) – Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language (sing-a-long version).

Being touted as “the original high school musical,” Grease is coming back to the big screen for a limited engagement as a sing-a-long.  People who have seen this film many times, like me, don’t need the lyrics at the bottom of the screen to sing along because the songs are so classic and memorable.  But it is clear by the way that the lyrics are presented on-screen, with bright graphics and fun animations, that this sing-a-long version is aiming for a new teenage audience.  This shouldn’t stop older fans from seeing this version on the big screen though, because it is just as great as the original and the animated lyrics just add some fun.  And I hope their marketing has worked because this musical is one of the greatest films of all time and deserves to find new life with this young generation that has fallen in love with more modern musicals like High School Musical and Camp Rock

One argument from parents might be that this film is too raunchy and sexy for a new young audience.  I would argue that the film was tamed down significantly from the original Broadway musical on which it’s based on, which is quite raw and vulgar.  And it successfully tackles some serious issues like teenage pregnancy, promiscuity, gang violence, and teenage rebellion.  And though the story of summertime love between greaser Danny Zuko and Australian goody two shoes Sandy Olsson isn’t original in the least, it never gets old.  With the catchy and infectious songs and the enthusiastic performances by the leads, especially John Travolta, this film is a pleasing yet plastic delight.  Travolta had the charisma and perfect “too cool for school” attitude as Danny that his performance alone is enough to watch the film for.  That’s not to say that the supporting cast should be ignored, however.  With stars like Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff, and even a special appearance by Frankie Avalon, the cast is truly all-star.  If you’re an old fan, watch it again for nostalgia’s sake.  If you’re a possible new fan watch it to see what the big deal is about because trust me, Grease is still the word!  Filmtastic review = 5 stars.

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