Critic Consensus: Grease is a pleasing, energetic musical with infectiously catchy songs and an ode to young love that never gets old.
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Critic Reviews for Grease
Grease has energy and a total commitment to pleasing its audience.
Couldn't the makers of "Grease" have unearthed one person who was alive in that time, perhaps even one who attended an American high school then, and checked their information?
It has no kind of focus in atmosphere or tone, it doesn't even have a look. It's just sort of floating insult, shopping for a subject to light on.
What makes it work is its youthful vitality, the tremendous energy and imagination expended on its virtually wall-to-wall song and dance number.
The screenplay is a prepubescent shambles, the direction is by acne out of disposable douches, the dubbing and looping of the songs is painfully obvious, the characterizations are generally repulsive and the whole thing is utterly without style.
Audience Reviews for Grease
For some reason, it took me until this year to finally see this movie. most of my friends love this movie and I knew the songs so well. But I was pleasantly surprised to watch it! First, I was surprised by how un-innocent the movie was. Listening to `Summer Loving' could lead one to believe this was a simple story about 50's high school students. Whoops, it's not, it's actually a parody of that. But, that gives it a lot of amusing (adult) humor. But the most impressive thing about the movie is how energetic it is. They really don't make them like they used to. The music and dancing really gets you excited as you start tapping your feet with the rhythm. Just compare this energy to today's computer-generated films, like Star Wars Episode II! Ewan McGregor reading lines unemotionally to a CGI Yoda? YAWN... John Travolta (really) swinging Olivia Newton-John through the air? COOL! Hollywood really has lost something. 3 Stars 1-1-2001 (Updated)
This adaptation of the 1971 musical strikes the right chords and hits all the right moves. Gracefully filled with flamboyant and electrifying singing and dancing numbers along with the charm and charisma of its two young lovers (Travolta & Newton-John), Grease is the word and the film to portray young love in all its fine ways. 4/5
As original as movies come, and whose style is still mimicked to this day.
|Sandy:||I'm no stranger to heartbreak.|
|Frenchy:||Oh! Do you have psoriasis?|
|Principal McGee:||Blanche, do you have this year's schedules?|
|Blanche:||(licking chocolate off her fingers) I just had my hands on them.|
|Blanche:||I just had my hands on them.|
|Principal McGee:||Oh , good, they'll be nice and smudged...Blanche, these are last years schedules -- the ones we couldn't find. Now maybe next year, we'll find this year's schedules.|
|Principal McGee:||Oh , good, they'll be nice and smudged...Blanche, these are last years schedules, the ones we couldn't find. Now maybe next year, we'll find this year's schedules.|
|Frenchy:||(to Sandy) Uh Sandy here's your toothbrush|
|Frenchy:||[to Sandy] Uh Sandy here's your toothbrush.|