Set during the bright summer of 1963, we follow a seventeen-year-old named Baby (Jennifer Grey). Baby and her family are travelling to a popular resort in the Catskills. We learn instantly that Baby’s world is filled with promise and greatness. Family life is also great, particularly regarding her relationship with her father, which is quite strong and full of trust.
As Baby and the family arrive at the resort, they soon attend various classes for fun and recreation. Soon, she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), a highly skilled dancer hired to entertain and please the guests at the resort. When Baby first sees Johnny dancing, it immediately catches her eye. While Johnny is always dancing with the perfect dance partner, things are about to change. When Johnny’s partner is suddenly unable to perform for an upcoming show, Baby soon finds herself stepping in instead. But there’s just one problem: Baby needs to learn how to be a professional dancer! Johnny will teach her everything he can to pull off the impossible. As Johnny and Baby begin, their desires and passions for one another also grow stronger.
“Dirty Dancing” combines the genres of romance and drama. It’s no secret that “Dirty Dancing” is also well-known for its highly entertaining soundtrack. The acting and romance between Johnny and Baby are delightful (even if some viewers may question any age differences). Another aspect that’s done well is the rocky relationship between Baby and her father, even more so when she begins a secret relationship with Johnny. The film’s musical score and track listing don’t disappoint; the same can be said about the dance sequences that occur throughout. And more importantly, the film’s finale is easily the film’s best and strongest highlight of the entire movie. Visually, this film also looks great and smooth, and areas, including the various backgrounds, are also well-suited for this film.
Sadly, “Dirty Dancing” has a few slow points that only drag the film on, lacking excitement. On top of this, the film also consists of multiple subplots, which either feel unnecessary to the main story or, again, slow the entire movie down in its pacing. At its core, romance and family drama are when the film is at its peak and deliver strong engagement for viewers, given the performances. Yes, there’s no denying Patrick Swayze is unforgettable here, particularly regarding his footwork.
Overall, “Dirty Dancing” is a cinematic classic for those seeking a heartwarming drama with solid romance. As a bonus, the film is filled with fun sequences and an impactful and highly memorable finale. Leading performances are great, particularly actor Patrick Swayze with his footwork. However, I can’t deny that at various points, the film also introduces subplots and, at times, a slow pace that lacks excitement and even drags on.