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Dirty Dancing

drama, romance

The summer of 1963 innocent 17-year-old Baby (Grey) vacations with her parents at a Catskill's resort.

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PAUSE for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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3 out of 5
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A hip-shaking guilty pleasure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 1960s-set forbidden romance is a guilty pleasure, due to several campy scenes, flashy dance sequences, and appealing performances by its main characters. Although some parents may find the dancing a little too dirty, teenage viewers will be captivated by the flashy fantasy of star-crossed summer romance. Sexual references abound here beyond the dance moves: one character has a botched abortion, the main character loses her virginity, and another talks about her plans to go all the way. An older married woman propositions younger men on staff at the resort and sleeps with one.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's sexual themes.
  • How does each family member feel about teenage sex?
  • As a teenager, what would you do if you were pressured to have sex?
  • What do you feel about the conflict between Baby and her father?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The film's easy charm, infectious soundtrack and tidy choreography should still win over new fans as well as old.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Thursday, January 26, 2006

Fresh: Endlessly quotable, strangely fascinating and immensely charming.

- Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine, Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fresh: This is a shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure of its own.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Monday, March 25, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I can't believe it took me twenty years or so to see this gem. It's just such a nicely-packaged little story. It doesn't try to be anything other than a sweet bildungsroman that tackles class issues while treating the audience to beautifully choreographed dance routines.

- aliceinpunderland, Thursday, September 13, 2012

3 stars

It has been so long since I have seen this movie, but what I remember smells ok.

- Camus123, Wednesday, July 18, 2007

3 stars

My wife makes me watch DD. Too bad that this was Jennifer Grey's defining role as an actor.

- Redlats, Tuesday, October 16, 2007