Grease (1978) IMDb

Extent

Previously rated a 1.

Commentary

Rewatching Grease was my sister’s 35th-birthday present to me. Seeing it as a child I was oblivious to its poisonous post-Vietnam nostalgia and finely tuned camp sensibility, where none of the various coteries are sympathetic and only one non-white is ever seen on campus. When filming began in June 1977, Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was 33, Michael Tucci (T-Bird Sonny) was 31, Dennis Stewart (rival greaser Leo) and Jamie Donnelly (Pink Ladies baby Jan) were 30, Annette Charles (Cha Cha) was 29, Olivia Newton-John was 28 etc. These people were all playing high-school kids, more or less. I am grateful such productions are no longer viable, but Annette Charles, Didi Conn and John Travolta are all fun to watch.

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Sequel:

Grease 2 (1982) IMDb