January 19 11

Grease, the movie, was an institution in Casa de LittleAli.

(Don’t even talk to me if you are going to blather the merits of Grease 2, because Grease 2, you guys, is like The Godfather III. Everyone saw it because of the whole obligation thing, but once it was over, we all wished we could get those hours of our life back. That isn’t to say I don’t know all the words to that stupid reproduction song, but, I digress…)

Over the years there were a few that got watched and rewound and watched and rewound and watched and rewound until the VHS tape actually broke. Annie. Beaches. The Goonies. The Sound of Music. footloose. Ghostbusters. Dirty Dancing. The Never Ending Story. The Muppets Take Manhattan. Savannah Smiles. The Karate Kid. The Princess Bride. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Back to the Future. Three Amigos.

You guys…there are so many. Too many to keep going, at least not without losing all of you who weren’t born in the late 70s and who weren’t raised by their televisions.

I loved those movies. I loved them so hard. They are so much a part of my childhood. There are so much a part of who I am right now.

And now one of my most favorite parts about being a parent is passing the movie torch down to my three children. Things are a little different now, since there’s no rewinding involved and there are no horrible taped-off-tv recordings with old commercials. But, I take great, great pleasure when I plop the kids on the couch and watch their faces as they watch something I love for the very first time. You don’t even know.

So, when I decided it was time for Emily to watch Grease for the first time, it became AN EVENT. We got snacks and drinks and we may have even gotten dressed up in our favorite 50s outfits…I am not at liberty to say whether there were poodle skirts and saddle shoes involved. Emily was in love from the very first scene. (Well, first she needed to get past the fact that Danny Zuko was, yes, indeed, the same guy who played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray)

And then came the lines…that, I swear, I NEVER picked up on when I was a kid.

“Where are you goin’? To flog your log?”

“I feel like a defective typewriter. I skipped a period.”
“Think you’re P.G.?”

“But sloppy seconds ain’t my style.”

“Ok, so what do you guys think this is a gang bang?”

I had no idea what any of these things meant, and yet, I could recite them all back to you word-for-word, and I likely did. Probably in really inappropriate situations. I’m sure my parents were thrilled. So, now that my ten-year-old is watching this movie, I’m realizing that she has no clue what any of these things mean either. But it doesn’t matter to her. She loves the love story. She loves the costumes. She loves the music. OH HOW SHE LOVES THE MUSIC. She loves the dancing. She loves Rizzo and how she is kind of the anti-pink lady. She loves everything about it.

She doesn’t realize how dirty the movie actually is. But, thankfully, her play director does realize how dirty it actually is…because next Tuesday Emily will be singing “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” as she auditions for the role of Rizzo in a production of Grease. And yet, instead of singing…keep your filthy paws off my silky drawers, she is singing, well, something else…

Ahahahahahahhaahahahah.

But, oh, wait. WAIT. Because Greased Lightning is even better. There are no pussy wagons to be found. Or tits. Or chicks creaming.

I cannot wait to see this play.

And I am thanking my lucky stars that it’s NOT Grease 2.

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  1. I love Grease, it’s one of favourite movies ever. I was born in the early 70′s *whispers* and remember doing a school play aged about 9 and singing some songs from Grease, I didn’t realise at the time why all the teachers had a wry smile on their faces.

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    Comment by Very Bored in Catalu on January 19, 2011
  2. “You got your crust…”?

    Is that the actual line from that song, because in my head, I always sing it as ‘crush.’

    (p.s. – I still want a rider that’s cool)

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    Comment by fadkog on January 19, 2011
  3. In recent years, I realised some of the words in “Grease Lightening” were completely filthy. It was like being born again, or something. It was the 50′s! It was John Travolta! “A real pussy-wetter?” That whole song… and yes, I’ve known ALL the words since I was, like, ten years old too… saw it in the theatre – a double bill with Saturday Night Fever, if you can imagine… a babysitter took me. I fell asleep after the Stayin’ Alive strut.

    Still. I hate the play lyrics. I’m just sayin.

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    Comment by Grumble Girl on January 19, 2011
  4. It’s actually crust!

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    Comment by ali on January 19, 2011
  5. Wait – what is Savannah Smiles? I’ve never even heard of it.

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    Comment by Avitable on January 19, 2011
  6. Oops – forgot to subscribe.

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    Comment by Avitable on January 19, 2011
  7. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084633/

    I LOVED that movie as a kid.

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    Comment by ali on January 19, 2011
  8. And it has Peter Graves and Pat Morita in it? How have I never even heard of it?

    Does it hold up when you see it as an adult?

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    Comment by Avitable on January 19, 2011
  9. I haven’t seen it in YEARS. I probably should find a copy of it and see if it holds up and if the kids like it. So far all the ones they’ve seen have been successful.

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    Comment by ali on January 19, 2011
  10. You know, you SAY that, but I have had a difficult time watching Goonies as an adult.

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    Comment by Avitable on January 19, 2011
  11. Clearly there is something wrong with you. It’s still fantastic.

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    Comment by ali on January 19, 2011
  12. Maybe I have to watch it with kids.

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    Comment by Avitable on January 19, 2011
  13. ….I had NO idea this was so dirty!!! Oh my laws, I feel so…so…crushed. And enlightened. And hoodwinked.

    I want a refund.

    xox

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    Comment by heidikins on January 19, 2011
  14. I love those movies, esp. Goonies! Last weekend I got to meet and chat with Corey Feldman, who was here in Chicago for a film fest of some of the my fave 80′s movies: Stand By Me, License to Drive, The Goonies and The Lost Boys. It was SO MUCH FUN to see them on thd big screen again, and Corey was really cool. I’ll post about it, with pictures, soon!

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    Comment by HouseofJules on January 19, 2011
  15. goonies auto corrects to boobies on my phone. That would probably change Adams opinion.

    Also, your list is perfect Ali. I grew up on all those movies too. And had minor freak outs a an adult over grease and fast times at ridgemont high.

    Why did my parents let me watch movies like that?

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    Comment by Miss on January 19, 2011
  16. You had me until “Savannah Smiles”. Never heard of it. And I’m a movie whore.

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    Comment by Backpacking Dad on January 19, 2011
  17. I loved Grease so much! Totally inappropriate, but I first heard Summer Lovin’ sung as a duet by two of our counselors at choir camp in the 7th grade – I think that’s where I saw the movie first too. I was so disappointed that Grease 2 was such total crap. The first one was so innocently dirty – they shouldn’t have tried to duplicate it.

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    Comment by Jessica on January 19, 2011
  18. well, then, Backpacking Dad, obviously I’m the biggest movie whore….

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    Comment by ali on January 19, 2011
  19. I freaking love watching The Goonies and I have no kids. Avitable is just batshit crazy.

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    Comment by kapgar on January 19, 2011
  20. Grease is my all-time favorite movie. All 3 of my daughters have seen it, starting from when they were very young. As I watch with them, I’m slapped in the face by just how nasty it really is. Every time. But yet, we keep on watching. Luckily, my daughters are as enchanted with it as I have always been. And maybe, just maybe, they won’t realize the crassness until they watch with their daughters. And if they figure it out beforehand, well… life’s rough like that. If the worst thing they ever hear is pussy-wagon on Grease, I’m going to count myself lucky. (or maybe I’m just crazy)

    Good luck to your daughter!

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    Comment by queenofpink on January 19, 2011
  21. wow. I NEVER knew it was so dirty either, what the heck?!!?!?!?

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    Comment by Tammi Marie on January 19, 2011
  22. Oh, and The Goonies is The Shit. My 8 year old has every word memorized!

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    Comment by queenofpink on January 19, 2011
  23. Just this last weekend I watched Goonies with the kids. And I loved it almost as much as I did the first time.

    But I love Grease more. I always wanted to be Rizzo. But with better hair.

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    Comment by Redneck Mommy on January 19, 2011
  24. i have started listening more to things as my 8 year old sings “teenage dream” at the top of her lungs. oh well, i sang “super freak” at her age!

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    Comment by julie on January 19, 2011
  25. Oh my gosh, my sisters and I LOVED Savannah Smiles! All of us would cry everytime we saw it.

    I LOVE Grease. My sister and I were the ones to tell my MOM how dirty it was. We were like, “Hello? Mom, have you ever listened to the soundtrack?”. She said she never really paid attention to it. :)

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    Comment by mommabird2345 on January 19, 2011
  26. That’s so funny! I never realized how dirty Grease was until just recently, actually. I sang all the words and then was like “wait! That’s inappropriate for Little KJ when she first saw this!”

    Emily is going to knock it out of the park!

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    Comment by Kristabella on January 19, 2011
  27. I so loved Grease growing up (and still do)! I didn’t realize until a few years ago how dirty it was, and that sort of made me love it more. And truth be told, I thought it said the chicks would scream.. up until last year I think when somehow I happened to be listening more closely than usual I guess. DIRTY!

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    Comment by Erin on January 19, 2011
  28. My Grease was on an 8-track- that got shredded. And replaced. And shredded again. What an awesome idea to show to my boys (they’re 8 & 10). I may start with *Goonies* cause anything starring one of the Coreys is always entertaining!

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    Comment by marci on January 19, 2011
  29. when i was younger i could never remember the name of the movie, so i would always refer to is as “that movie where they dress up like each other at the end.” and the puppy i got in first grade i named Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee… or Sandy for short!

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    Comment by Rachel on January 19, 2011
  30. I feel like this with my husband, who wasn’t raised on TV (what was wrong with his parents?!) and I can’t wait to introduce our kids to all the fabulous movies of the ’80s and ’90s.

    Also, I’ve never seen The Godfather III or Grease 2, so I remain untainted!

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    Comment by Home Sweet Sarah on January 19, 2011
  31. I have no idea what Savannah Smiles is. I love all the rest but you forgot a few…Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club and the one that stayed in my VHS – Stand By Me. Every weekend for a year.
    Of course we never picked up on those lines! But man do they make me laugh now.

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    Comment by Amanda on January 19, 2011
  32. I remember Savannah Smiles!

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    Comment by Nanette on January 20, 2011
  33. I am nearly 30 years old and until this moment I thought the line in Greased Lightening was Peaches and Cream. Pretty sure I sang it with my nieces, and my mom just laughed.
    Your movie list was amazing, and I was completely sold when you mentioned Three Amigos. My brother and I can act out the entire movie. Any chance you also watched Clue?

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    Comment by Christina on January 20, 2011
  34. CLUE! YES, of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by ali on January 20, 2011
  35. I realized how dirty Grease was when I did the play in High School, and we couldn’t stop snickering backstage everytime they sang Greased Lightning…

    Clue was my all-time favourite movie growing up (after I out-grew Annie, of course. I used to have the red and white dress and belt out all the songs while listening to the soundtrack. And making my brother be Sandy so we could act out ‘Dumb Dog’).

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    Comment by suze on January 20, 2011
  36. LOVED Savannah Smiles. Also, Muppets Take Manhattan is currently playing at the theater down the street from me.

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    Comment by Rhi on January 20, 2011
  37. Yeah, I can see how Grease 2 wouldn’t play too well – “reproduction” anyone???

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    Comment by Deanna on January 20, 2011
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