Xiphias Gladius (xiphias) wrote,

DIRTY DANCING is a really well-put together movie

Lis and I just watched DIRTY DANCING. I don't think there's a shot, word, or even movement in it that you could cut. It is just SO tightly done.

It's also interesting in that it's a story about a seventeen-year old girl discovering her own personal power and agency and becoming a woman. Johnny Castle is the PRIZE that Baby wins -- it's ABOUT Baby. There might be one brief shot from someone else's perspective than Baby's -- when Lisa goes over to Robbie's cabin -- but I don't think there's any other.

It's also been pointed out that the event that drives everything else is an illegal abortion -- and nobody (except the absolute jerk who is as much of an antagonist as the movie has) blames the woman; she is sympathetic and supported by everybody. While the plot is definitely against ILLEGAL abortion and against guys who knock up women and then refuse to take any sort of responsibility, it's not against women who have abortions, or abortion itself.
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