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  • Summary: Danny's the bad boy leader of the T-Bird's. Sandy's the innocent Australian transfer. With the debilitating shadow of 50's high school politics dooming their budding relationship, will Danny and Sandy be able to change before it is too late to end up together?
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    It's every bit the great songfest it's hailed as, with bucketloads of innuendo thown in behind some of the most energetic musical numbers ever to grace the inside of a movie theatre.
  2. 91
    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.
  3. GREASE is not really the 1950's teen-age movie musical it thinks it is, but a contemporary fantasy about a 1950's teen-age musical—a larger, funnier, wittier and more imaginative-than-Hollywood movie with a life that is all its own. It uses the Eisenhower era — the characters, costumes, gestures and particularly, the music—to create a time and place that have less to do with any real 50's than with a kind of show business that is both timeless and old-fashioned, both sentimental and wise. The movie is also terrific fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Rachel Clarke
    Sandy, Danny, and their sexier counterparts Rizzo and Kenickie are spectacular fun to watch, especially in their non-TV-edited glory. Though it's virtually impossible to forget, and stay quiet during, the film's many songs, it's also surprising to remember all of the racy dialogue and double entendres in the original. Or maybe it's just that we never got them when we were ten.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The screen Grease seemed at the time a big, overblown version of the sassy, gritty stage musical. Now the differences seem less important. What the two versions share are sizzle and a refusal to ignore the sexual energy of an exuberant cast. Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago. [27 Mar 1998, p.D6]
  6. 75
    Grease works as a musical, a comedy, a light romance, and a gentle satire of teenage life during the '50s. In part because of its persistent high spirits, it's a delight to watch, even 20 years after it first appeared on the screen.
  7. 20
    A limp, cheaply made version of the Broadway. Director Randal Kleiser shows no real sense of how a musical is constructed: the songs are bunched together, the production numbers don't move, and the whole project shifts awkwardly between naturalism and stylization.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. JohnS
    Sep 11, 2009
    This is an amazing film and is impossible to recreate and everyone should ignore the Chicago Reader.
  2. Oct 6, 2010
    This is surely one of the few 'cool' musicals. Travolta, the model of a man. Newton-John the model of a woman. Dance sequences that are so fluid you think they could melt at any moment. Classic Lines, cult cast, the heaven of musicals. 'Tell Me more, Tell Me more'. I can't, just watch the bloody film. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    I've seen Les Misreables, Haispray, Chicago and Mamma Mia. All of them are great but none of them can touch the magic of Grease. My heart arranged a melody while i was watching that movie. It was the greatest movie musical ever. My big brother thinks it stupid, but in my opinion he's just jealous. It's the one that i want, it takes back those summer nights, and it goes together like rama rama rama kadinga da dinga dong. I'll remember it forever like hoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom
    Chang chang changitty chang sha-bop That's the way it should be Wah-oooh, yeah!
  4. Aug 23, 2010
    Couple have Summer romance, she goes back to Australia, School starts, she didn't go to Australia, they meet up again, singing & mayhem ensue.
    It really is hard not to like this & it's been parodied a million times. The story is silly, acting pretty dodgy (Stockard Channing is great though) & it's camper than a row of tents.
    The songs though are brilliant & you just get sucked into the whole thing & you can't help singing along & enjoying it.
  5. Dec 30, 2012
    Well, I was born in 1999, so the movie is old for me, but I Love It. I have some kind of admiration to oldies (music, films, artworks, tv shows). I like the movie because it's simple but funny and great. I love the songs and I am willing to play Danny at a Grease musical at School, someday. I will give the movie 9 out of 10 marks. Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2011
    I am usually a horror film kind of guy but I found this film to be pretty good actually. A little corny and stupid at times but still it was good and worth the watch. Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2013
    Horrible movie, with people trying to hard to be cool. If they took the singing away it might be watchable.It is one of the most cheesy movies ever.I hate movies that break out into a song after every little thing. Expand

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