Milk and Cookies and an Instant Movie

Instant Movie: Dirty Dancing (1987)

Instant Movie: Dirty Dancing (1987)We’ve all been there ladies. We’ve all fallen madly in love with a dashing, seemingly worldly and handsome older man (and if our parents did not approve of him, he was somehow hotter). Sure, it was probably someone on TV but in our minds, it was so real. While I spent my tween years madly in love with Luke Perry, my older sisters spent theirs in love with Patrick Swayze. Apparently, in 1987, every girl wanted to be Francis “Baby” Houseman, the lucky girl who snagged herself the deliciously handsome Johnny Castle in the classic romance flick, Dirty Dancing. I’d be a fool to imagine anyone hasn’t seen this film, so take this a reminder of why you should watch again:

  1. The “Oh, lover boy” scene. Let’s not pretend we didn’t crawl on our bedroom floors after seeing THAT scene.
  2. Patrick Swayze solves every problem in the movie with what? Yes, his dancing.
  3. This is a soundtrack we should all be playing full blast: (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, Hungry Eyes and Be My Baby.
  4. Before winning Dancing With The Stars, Jennifer Grey danced into our hearts as the watermelon-totting-teen-dreamer Baby. The other contestants never had a chance.
  5. Let’s not fail to mention the ‘60s summerwear! I wanted to dress just like Lisa, Baby’s prissy older sister, crazy Hawaiian outfit and all.
Ladies, our mission is clear. We need a night of cookies, milk, and our girlfriends. Dust off your old jazz shoes and have the time of your life with your gal pals, singing and dancing along to this weeks instant movie pick!
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  • Richard Starr

    More importantly, you can go out and DANCE!
    Despite the title, the dancing was not dirty at all.
    Compare that now to the thinly disguised poorly executed mating rituals
    that are on the dance floor of the clubs now.

    You want to have the guys like Johnny in the future you better start
    encouraging the activity now. If guys that could not dance never got
    past first base you could bet they would learn to dance, the right way.
    And to better music too.

    Look locally for places that have Swing, Salsa, Blues, and Lindy hop dancing.
    I’d suggest some of the other couples dances, but make sure you find the places
    that do dancing for the joy of the dance, and not the competition.

    • Myrna Valadez

      I’m doing society a favor by not dancing in public but I do dance a whole lot in private!

  • Noémie Faivre

    Oh yes, a girlfriend night with Dirty Dancing, beeing a teenage So madly in love with a beautiful dancer for an hour and a half. I miss Baby.

    • Myrna Valadez

      These are my favorite kinds of nights <3

  • Ana Paula Lacerda

    Well, I wasn’t even born on 1987 and I watched it when I was… I don’t know, 13 maybe… and OH MY GOD!, my Mom changed my life when she showed me that movie for the first time. I remember that when I got into her bedroom and she was watching it at night, the movie was almost in the end. I watched the final dance while she told me about how Baby couldn’t do that beautiful jump. I waited untill she fell asleep, rewound the videotape, and watched the entire movie. That’s when my passion for dance movies was born inside of me. And, of couse, I feel in love with Patrick Swayze… P.S.: I cried like a baby when he died.

    • Myrna Valadez

      I was 5 when the movie was out and I remember what a huge deal parents made about kids not watching this movie. Once I did watch it, years later, I feel in love with it! I wanted my very own Johnny!

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