Grease (1978)

The iconic, fun, morally dubious, QUINTESSENTIAL sing-along and its age-old question—To entirely change or not to entirely change for someone else’s love?

Regan Humphrey

Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) is an Australian transplant at an American high school. Fresh off a romantic summer vacation with the boy of her dreams, she’s nervous to start school in a new place, where she doesn’t know anyone. Soon enough she’s adopted by a girl gang known as the Pink Ladies, who relish in all the activities Sandy’s too prim to partake in. She doesn’t expect to get along too well with the Pink Ladies’ male counterpart either, a group of leathered, smoking greasers known as the T-Birds. She expects even less to recognize the leader of the T-Birds—Danny Zuko (John Travolta)—as the boy she fell in love with over the summer. When it becomes clear that Sandy’s proper demeanor doesn’t mesh with the reckless bravado of Danny and his friends, Sandy has a choice to make: Goodbye Danny or goodbye Sandra Dee.


Soundtrack: 100%
Story: 70%
Writing: 60%
Diversity: 60%
Daring: 100%
Racism: PRESENT — 10%
Gender Bias: PERVASIVE — 100%
————————–COMBATTED — 70%
Homophobia: PRESENT — 10%
————–00——–ADDRESSED — 10%

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