Friday, June 13, 2014

The Magic of Grease

Today I'm participating in a super fun group bloghop.




I'm supposed to blog about a movie I loved when I was younger that I see differently now. One movie sprung to mind:




So, as research for this blog, I had to watch the movie again so I could see it through my 43-year-old eyes. First, there's the crazy cartoon at the beginning. While an 8-year-old thought, "Wow, this is going to be a great movie," the 43-year-old wants to say, "Wow, this beginning goes on forever. And why is it a cartoon?"




Still...it's Grease. Best movie ever! I have to admire the way the film appealed to children, but I have to wonder why so many profanities. So much of it went right over my head when I was little. I even sang along with the soundtrack. Relentlessly.




Have you listened to the lyrics to Greased Lightning lately? Yikes.

I have to admit, it's hard to look back and see how John Travolta has changed over the years. Her before and after is pretty good. His, on the other hand... Well, maybe he should have asked her for a plastic surgeon referral before getting all that work done. Then...




Now...




What was your favorite movie as a child? Have you tried re-watching it as an adult?


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77 comments:

  1. I didn't even remember the cartoon. Yeah, she's still hot. And he's... really not.
    Already posted mine for the blogfest and Jaws has really held up over the years. Rare a fllm can do that.

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  2. Great choice.......I remember loving it at the time my parents took me to see it. When we were in the car going home, my mom commented to my dad that it was a very dirty movie. LOL. Hearing the words to the songs now, I realize she was right!

    John Travolta is too much of a weirdo for me now!

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  3. LOVE that movie. Haven't seen it in ages though! I have always loved Travolta as an actor. Especially in Pulp Fiction!

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  4. Grease was always one of my favorites, but I can't tell you how many times I watched before I got that, "If you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter," joke. I have watched as an adult, but not for a while. I went to see it in the theater when they re-released it for the 25th anniversary. And I love almost all of the music. I was pretty "advanced," though, and I understood the references. That probably isn't a good thing. lol

    Most of the movies I loved as a kid still hold up -- Willow, The Goonies, Top Secret!, Real Genius, Princess Bride ...

    One that I've re-watched that I didn't like as much is Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The sad part is that it's a fantastic movie except for Kevin Costner's presence. Every other actor in it is perfect and the story is great, but he's wooden and awful and every time he's on screen, I cringe.

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  5. Travolta kinda creeps me out....
    My fave movies as a kid were FLASH GORDON and DUNE

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  6. I must agree! Grease was the best movie ever when I watched it. I've seen it maybe 20 times, more than Breakfast Club.

    Then, years later, I watched Grease 2 and I was like OMG!! Loved it!

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  8. Gotta LOVE GREASE... The soundtrack's AMAZING. OLYVIA is TIMELESS... One of the most beautifully pitched voices ever...

    Yes, she's definitely still hot... Travolta has definitely seen better days!

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  9. This is a great one to feature! I loved this as a kid too, and like you say - so much of the naughty stuff went over my head. When my children were in greadeschool, a 50's themed fun fair was coming up, so I thought we should watch Grease---and watching it w/ my chitlins next to me was a whole different experience. Especially Greased Lightning! Luckily, seems most of it went over their heads too. *whew*

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  10. I LOVE the soundtrack!
    Lots of great songs esp. Summer Loving and Hopelessly Devoted To You...

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  12. Believe it or not, but I've never seen the Grease movie

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  13. I remember that cartoon! I think I viewed it as weird and too long as a kid, too. ;-) Great music. Both actors have had some tragedies in their lives, I believe. Sad!

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  14. I did enjoyed that movie and the music was really lively. I never paid too much attention to the lyrics. I probably would look at it much differently now in my old age, maybe with a more discerning ear.

    I love listening to Olivia Newton John. She had a great voice and was popular.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  15. GREASE is one of those movies where if I come across it while flipping channels, I have to stop and watch at least a little of it. :)

    And now I have the soundtrack playing in my head….

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  16. Great choice! Some of our middle schoolers campaigned to do Grease next year. I tried to explain that some of the material is a bit beyond their sensibilities... or at least, it'd darn well better be!!!

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  17. The lyrics do just go right over a kids head. I think it is one or two or the only Travolta movies I like.

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  18. I love that movie! And I am in total agreement that a lot of the stuff they sang about just breezed past by cranium - though I was certainly old enough to know what they were talking about. The music was THE thing!

    Musicals were my weakness (Camelot? Carousel?) but Grease was the one that was cool! Do you remember how there was a re-surge of poodle skirts, oxfords and 50s themed dances?

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  19. It is funny to go back and watch older movies. Time definitely changes your view.

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  20. when i watch that movie (which i loved and sang along to, as well), i see 35 yr olds trying to portray high school kids. it sort of makes me laugh. :)

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  21. I loved Grease and could also sing those songs. That was a feel good movie after you ignore all the other high school issues they protrayed. I liked it better than Grease 2.

    Greased Lightning was a cool song. What about Hand Jive. . .? I like the before and after photos.

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  22. Believe it or not, I've never watched Grease. :-D

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  23. I've never heard of the cartoon but I've never thought of Grease as kid friendly material either. A fun addition to the blog hop!

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  24. This is definitely one of those movies that as a kid things go way over your head. I remember rewatching it right after high school and being slightly appalled at all the innuendos I had missed as a kid. The Grease Lightning song is..naughty LOL!

    I loved Goonies and Labyrinth as a child as well and even though they are still good movies, something is missing from them as an adult.

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  25. That was a blast from the past. Now I have to think about what movie I could see again to find out how age will filter my appreciation of it.

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  26. I had a friend who was obsessed with Grease and we used to watch it all the time. It's been ages though. As a kid, I loved Splash, but I haven't seen that one in a while either!

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  27. I also liked this movie as a kid, though I'm pretty sure I watched it as partially censored on TV. I remember being surprised by some of the song lyrics when I got the soundtrack in high school. Our school wanted to do the musical but our music teacher said no because she thought it was tacky, haha.

    As for how they look now...I think we all know, aging sucks. I would never fault someone, especially in showbiz, for getting cosmetic surgery. But when you end up looking plastic and robotic, no...

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  28. I don't remember the cartoon at the beginning of Grease at all. My favorite childhood movie would have to be Beauty and the Beast. I haven't seen it in ages, though.

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  29. I really like that movie, even the cartoon. Travolta is multi talented and I think he's become a better actor as he's aged.

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  30. There were bad words in Grease? They must have gone over my head too because I don't remember them. The only thing I remember is the black spandex leggings scene. I'm glad you still love the movie after all these years. :)

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  31. I'm glad you included the Then and Now pictures. I particularly like the Then. ONJ was one of my favorite singers as a little girl. Love her voice.

    And I like the intro cartoon, then *and* now. :)

    Good choice.

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  32. It always bothered me that the theme song was not written to sound like a 1950s song.

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  33. I remember seeing Grease in the Theatres. I have to say my favourite that I saw when I was young and see now if "It's A Wonderful Life" Now I am unsure if you mean in the actual theatre but this movie was fun when I was a kid and I didn't see all the nuances especially the darkness of this film until I was an adult. My favourite scene is when George Bailey leaves Ma Bailey's house realizing his own mom doesn't recognize him and the music is eerie and he looks from one side to the middle and half his face is in shadow-so powerful!

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  34. I didn't remember the cartoon. I'll have to rewatch it to catch that.

    I guess we all age differently.

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  35. I didn't remember the cartoon. I'll have to rewatch it to catch that.

    I guess we all age differently.

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  36. I loved Little Women with June Allyson as Jo. In fact I love all of the different versions of this movie on DVD. I also have the book!

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  37. I've only seen Grease once, so it hasn't really stuck with me. I recall watching Mr. Destiny quite a few times. And then my parents' reaction when I said one of the lines before the character... which was a woman calling her husband, "B******d!" Of course, I didn't know what it meant at that time. :)

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  38. Grease came out when I was about 19. All the little girls in the audience were screaming every time Travolta danced. So annoying. I enjoyed the movie, but I haven't seen it in a long time. I read once that the original stage production of Grease was quite smutty, and it was cleaned up for the movie. Supposedly the actors tried to sneak in as much of the original stuff as they could.I don't know how someone can sneak words into a movie without the director noticing.

    Love,
    Janie

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  39. Grease is a favorite movie musical of mine, brings back lots of memories. I will always like John Travolta because of the self-deprecating role he assumed in Pulp Fiction.

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  40. I have to agree with everything you said. I'm only a few years younger, so I grew up with Grease too. Singing to it, watching it.

    And that cartoon thing at the beginning is a little weird. What's with that anyway? :)

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  41. Grease is such a fun movie, and holds up really well over time. Grease 2, on the other hand, is horrid. I happened by it on TV one night, and immediately knew why it's skewered so much.

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  42. Yeah, Carrie-Anne, Grease 2 was an example of a big mistake. Someone reminded me back then, sequels were kind of a new thing and they didn't really know what they were doing. They just thought if they threw something out there, they'd get audiences. It almost destroyed Michelle Pfeiffer's career before it started, I read--but someone pushed for her to be in Scarface and that put her back on track. I thought in Grease 2 she had star power despite the bad role. There was just something about her that stood out.

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  43. Oh my. "Greased Lightning" was my favorite song from Grease!

    My favorite movie as a child? Three come to mind, and I won't admit to any of them.

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  44. Ha yes! I loved Grease back then as a kid. I was even given the soundtrack and I played it to death. After your post, though, I'm scared to listen to it again, lol.

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  45. The movie just OK for me and I think it was the ending where she change into what everyone else was, that kind of soured everything for me.

    cheers, parsnip

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  46. My daughter watches Grease every.single.time it's on TV. Love all the music, but I agree about the lyrics. Grease 2 is awful, though! She watches that one, too :/

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  47. Wow -- I just realized that my son is as old as I was when Grease came out. :-)

    I must have only seen it in the censored TV version, too, since I don't remember any bad language. I do remember the cartoon, though... and the unnecessary Bee Gees / Frankie Valli song at the beginning (not in the original musical).

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  48. Loved that movie! Watched it with my kids and was amazed at how mature it was, though.

    Yvonne

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  49. I liked Grease a lot when it first came out and have enjoyed it over the years. I don't remember any profanities in it so maybe they were rather subtle since I usually notice those things. I'd say I'd still enjoy this film if I saw it now. I like musicals.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  50. What a great post! I love that you revisited this one. How do I not remember the cartoon? I have always been a fan of this movie and even own the soundtrack. :)

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  51. I never saw Grease, but did like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. For the life of me, I cannot remember any movies I saw as a child, LOL, except for the Disney movies and who can help but not like them years later especially when you are watching them with kids :)

    I did feel a lot for John Travolta and his wife on the loss of their son several years ago. Parents' worst nightmare.

    betty

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  52. I have never watched Grease actually! I'm not really into musicals...although my sister has watched it. ;) I love rewatching movies that I loved as a kid, though, because you get SO much more out of them. Or you realise how warped your tastes were. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

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  53. I love the movie but it's true that they have changed a lot now, and it's quite impressive to see what they became.

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  54. Great movie choice and great post! I love the soundtrack. I remember watching this on tv when I was maybe 10, on my living room floor with my friend from next door. I was so totally naive and my friend had to whisper to me, "She's pregnant. Rizzo's pregnant!" I was shocked!! :)
    Thanks for choosing this one for the Bloghop!
    Nancy at Hungry Enough To Eat Six

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  55. I almost chose Grease but I was 15... so I am choosing my favorite movie The Way We Were, when I was young I didn't understand why they couldn't be together when they loved each other.

    Now that I am 50, I wonder why Katie didn't want more for herself, Hubble couldn't commit to a real woman, he needed the Barbie doll image.

    I still cry at the end ... I want that fairy tale ending to magically happen.. of course it doesn't.. :)

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  56. I can't think of a favorite movie as a kid. That was the 50s and 60s. I really enjoyed Grease though and many others.

    Have a fabulous weekend. :)

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  57. Fun post! I know what you mean... Grease is a great movie if you don't think about it too much while watching it, and especially don't think about what Travolta's like now!

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  58. Loved Grease. One of the best movies ever! Still listen to the music :)

    Also loved the Goonies and ET :)

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  59. That looks like a fun film. One of my favors as a child was Sound of Music.

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  60. what a perfectly awesome choice!
    loved it as a child and still do - and i haven't seen it in a while - thanks for reminding me about the cartoon, hilarious!
    and there are so many songs (and movies) that went over my head as a kid that are really quite offensive. i'm just hoping the same is happening to my kids, i can't stand so many lyrics on the radio today, but they sing them with gusto! ah!
    loved this memory retriever post!

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  61. I knew every song on this album, too (although I don't think I knew the words to Greased Lightning). I wasn't allowed to see the movie when it first came out, but I watched it in my late teenage years, and I, too, was surprised at the language in it. My favorite song is the one sung by Rizzo?: "There are worse things I could do."

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  62. Firstly, I haven't yet read your post, but I did consider going Grease for mine. Problem was I'd already reviewed it (darn).

    Still, GREEEEEASE! I never understood the hype around it until around 2001, when I first watched it.

    ***reads your thoughts***

    Glad you still love it - only one thing to disagree on though. I LOVE the cartoon at the beginning. In my opinion its the best song in the whole film!

    Ed - Empire's 5-star 500

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  63. Olivia Newton John looks incredible! We were actually just talking about how much different movies and books are to us now than when we saw and read them through our childhood eyes. Take Little Red Riding Hood for example.. as a child, I remember loving this story! But now, when I do story time and reenact it for the children, it's pretty scary! And now that I think about it, I was probably really scared but didn't realize how it affected me because I was so attached to the emotion of the story itself.
    As far as movies go, I tried watching Mannequin a few months ago but couldn't really get into it. And I remember LOVING this movie when I was around 9 years old. Kim Cattrall looked amazing then and still looks gorgeous now!
    P.S. I'm ordering your book from Amazon this week=) A review to follow my friend!

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  64. Yay! Thank you for ordering it, Gina. That makes my day.

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  65. I loved Grease! More than anything else, I looooooved hearing Olivia Newton John's voice

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  66. John did change a lot. I think was more handsome when he was younger. Great movie choice!

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  67. Fun blog hop indeed. Wish I knew about it sooner. And who didn't love Grease? ;-)

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  68. i don't have your email address, so i'm including a link to one of my posts with bluebonnets in it. :)

    http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.com/2014/05/wildflower-catch-up.html

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  69. That was great reading this post!
    I have re watched a few movies that I liked from childhood, and some of them I fell in love with all over again, and some were....well...better left watched during childhood! ha!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  70. That was a good movie. I think the first one that comes to mind for me would be War of The Worlds...the original. I was really little the first time I saw that and those machines scared the bejujus outta me. Watching it as an adult, I can laugh at how the noises the alien machine made scared me.

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  71. hi there..thanks so much for the visit to WHT..please come again!..luv luv the movie and saw the show on Broadway twice..lol :-)

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  72. I don't remember of this movie.

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  73. I saw this when I was ten or eleven and all summer long I sang the songs and crushed on JT. LOL

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  74. Grease is a movie I haven't seen in years and don't even remember the cartoon. It's a bit sad how some movies we see as kids, years later lose their magic.

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  75. Love, love Grease.... one of my favorites movie!!!!
    Have a great start of the week doll!!!
    http://expressyourselfbypaolalauretano.blogspot.it

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  76. First, wow you're an Author, congratulations, I'm a prolific reader and wrote many, many books, though when it comes to actually, doing anything about it, I'm no business woman..GREASE, my gosh oh the dancing, was wonderful, I'm gonna live forever...Olivia Newton-John, looks fantastic, and John Travolta doesn't look too bad... The Exorcist I watched at 12 and ever time I watch I'm still as scared, underline: No movie has ever scared me except for this one, I hear Turbulent Bells and I shiver

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  77. Travolta has matured over the years as an actor.

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