Directed by Randal Kleiser. US. 1978. 11+. 110 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Sat., March 11, 2017
“Grease‘s gender politics are pretty screwy, and its understanding of the ’50s amounts to a few cultural signifiers: hot cars, leather jackets, soda shops, and dance contests. But there’s a reason the movie remains a slumber-party staple, and it isn’t the muddled “don’t worry about what other people think” message. It’s more the film’s dreamy look, and the way we learn more about Travolta and Newton-John through the lies they sing in “Summer Nights” than through any line of dialogue. Grease is a pure pop construct, fueled by movie-star poses, hit songs, and persistent audience fantasies of being an acceptable kind of “bad.” Barry Gibb-penned disco theme aside, Grease doesn’t really belong to any one era. It’s like it’s always existed.” (Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club)