Monday, June 08, 2009

Dirty Dancing Thoughts

I got caught up in tv the other day. A rare day where there wasn't a whole lot to do, but kick back and watch some TV. A needed day it was. As I was channel surfing I came across Dirty Dancing.
When I was a kid, I had a major bad obsession with this movie. I vividly recall watching it (my parents had taped it from tv) coming home from school and popping it into the VCR each and every day. Until the tape mysteriously disappeared.
I also recall feeling like the character of Baby was someone I should look up to, how lucky she was, and how brave. I wished I were her for many a play-time. It's a huge reason why I love dancing so much, now that I think about it.
It's been ages since I've watched it in it's entirety, but I got the chance to do so relatively kid-less, and I seized it. It was funny, embarrassing, charming, and heartbreaking.
Reflecting on my impressions now that I'm a grown up, I can see just how naive the character of Baby really was portrayed. Having watched it again I think I could accurately guess what her age was supposed to be, and see just how much advantage the character Johnny took.
It's an interesting thing to think about a movie that I've loved for ages could almost make me angry because of the character relation, just because I've had negative personal experiences in that arena.

5 thoughtful remarks:

Jack said...

One of my fav. movies also Amber. I saw it live in Toronto last winter and it was even better!

I have to agree; baby was very naive and immature, and the character Johnny was too old for her. It was like we viewed the movie through rose coloured glasses when we were younger.

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

They gad the time of their lives, no?

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

or had, in English...

gayle said...

Yep, she was naive. It is one of me favs as well.

Janet said...

it's interested to see things we loved as kids from an adult perspective!