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Grease is a pleasing, energetic musical with infectiously catchy songs and an ode to young love that never gets old.



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"Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz '50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their "Summer Nights" falling in love, but once fall comes, it's back to Rydell High and its cliques. As one of the bad-boy T-Birds, Danny has to act cool for best pal Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and their leather-clad mates Sonny (Michael Tucci) and Doody (Barry Pearl, in the role Travolta played on-stage). Despite befriending Frenchy (Didi Conn), one of the rebel Pink Ladies, virginal Sandy is "too pure to be Pink," as the Ladies' leader, Rizzo (Stockard Channing), acidly observes. Declaring their devotion in such ballads as "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Sandy," Sandy and Danny split, reconcile, and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding "You're the One That I Want" at the climactic carnival. With Travolta white-hot from Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease soundtrack singles climbed the charts and summer movie crowds poured in. With the presence of Joan Blondell, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, and Frankie Avalon appealing to grown-up memories, Grease became the highest-grossing film of 1978, the highest-grossing movie musical ever, and the third most popular film of the new blockbuster '70s after Star Wars (1977) and Jaws (1975). Its sequel, Grease 2, did not exactly set the world on fire in 1982. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi


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  • Jan 06, 2013
    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
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2012
    Thumbs up for the originality, coolness, good music, nice voices, awesome choreography and fun. Still, not a must-see. Somehow overrated.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I guess I can see why it was such a huge hit.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    A very overrated movie. It's also wrongly praised. The acting was so horrible that it couldn't keep me interested. Grease 2 may be worst then the first but at least it has way better acting. The plot was decent but with all the music numbers there was no real plot build up. The girl falls for the bad boy during high school and they live happily ever after. I think I'm going to barf. I like movies with love stories but not like this one. This film will probably not appeal only to teenagers but to old moms. Moms who miss high school would love this. A word of advice to them is to get a psychiatrist, your holding something back. I did enjoy the costume design but I't didn't look accurate for the time period.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer

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