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Grease Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Grease works as a musical, a comedy, a light romance, and a gentle satire of teenage life during the '50s. In part because of its persistent high spirits, it's a delight to watch, even 20 years after it first appeared on the screen.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    No revival, however joyously promoted, can conceal the fact that this is just an average musical, pleasant and upbeat and plastic.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    there are times when Grease really kicks in. I'm fond of Channing singing "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee, rotten with virginity" and then telling an imaginary Troy Donahue, "I know what you wanna do." And most of the big musical numbers work, especially the showstopper: the sunlit Danny-Sandy duet to "Summer Dreams." Greasy kid stuff it all may be, but just like rock 'n' roll, it'll probably never die. [27 Mar 1998, p.A]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Musical phenomenon is great fun, but a bit racy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is full of somewhat racy material, although most of it isn't any more shocking than the content of today's teen flicks and television shows. Still, you might want to give it a quick "refresher" watch before showing it to kids under 13 to make sure you remember exactly what they'll be seeing.

  • Families can talk about how some things about high school are always the same, even if you're not singing about them in poodle skirts. Why do the Pink Ladies tease Sandy? Why does she feel like she needs to conform? What does Rizzo's song "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" convey about her personality?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Male characters view females as sex objects. One T-Bird claims that that "chicks" are "only good for one thing." Unpopular students are the butt of several jokes. Sandy and Danny act against their respective natures to try to impress each other.

What to watch for
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    Violence: While playing sports, Danny hits two students and snaps an umpire's mask. A T-Bird draws his switchblade in preparation for a rumble.

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    Sex: A character is briefly shown in her bra. Characters are seen making out. At the drive-in, Danny makes a pass at Sandy. Sexual activity is implied when two characters discuss a broken condom, resulting in Rizzo's fear she may be pregnant. Naked derrieres are seen when characters moon a passing car and, later, a television camera. The T-Birds discuss female anatomy, and one fellow peeks up the skirts of female students. The Pink Ladies dance around in their nighties mocking Sandy's virginity. The song "Greased Lightnin'" has strong sexual content, though the innuendo may go over the heads of younger viewers.

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    Language: Fairly mild, mostly of the sexual variety. Characters use an obscene finger gesture.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke, drink, and spike the punch at the school dance.