Laying on the couch with my pillow propped under my tiny head and blanket on with our little dog lying at my feet, I can still very much recall hearing, “Grease Is The Word” and the cartoon introduction for the now classic movie, Grease.
I couldn’t have been more than 5 years old, but my mom was watching the movie and allowed me to stay up to see it with her in our then living room while snuggling up on the couch with her.
Truth be told, my nightly ritual was to fall asleep on on the couch while my mom watched TV and be carried up to bed by my dad as I hated to be alone at bedtime as my bedroom was upstairs/
So not a real stretch for me to be TV viewing with my mom, but Grease was definitely a first for me this particular night.
I was mesmerized by this film and if I were to be completely honest loved everything about it, especially the music.
So much so that I have lost count now how many times over the years, I have watched that same movie over and over.
Makes sense though that my mom would be the one to remind me this past Sunday to watch Fox’s updated version with Grease Live!
Still I was on the fence to watch as I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the expectations of the original.
In the end, I caved watching the whole live version of the classic, but updated, Grease.
While I will admit it wasn’t the same and definitely not nearly as good as the 1978 classic, still as Danny Zako would say, “I got chills and they were multiplying,” while viewing.
Because it definitely transported me back and had it’s moments that I enjoyed, such as seeing the original Frenchy play the waitress Vi and Eve Plumb of The Brady Bunch fame portraying the shop teacher, Ms. Murdoch.
Also notable mentions go out to, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Ana Gasteyer, and even Mario Lopez, who were the perfect updated characters of Sandy, Rizzo, Principal McGee and Vince Fontaine.
However other parts, I really wasn’t as impressed with, such as portrayal of Kenickie by Carlos PenaVega, which just seemed lacking to me and truly left me missing Jeff Conway’s version of Kenickie sadly.
But still Grease lived on in Fox’s live version and so did the life lessons for all teens past and present that can be inferred from this classic teenage love story (whichever version you choose to view).
5 Honest Teen Life Lessons Learned from Grease
- Girls can totally be catty and tend to stick with their cliques. – Sandy was the new girl and as much as Frenchy and the Pink Ladies seemed to embrace her, all was not what it would appear to her. See once Rizzo, the cool girl leader, found out Sandy had been with Danny, her ex that past summer, all bets were off and the girl gang of friends were willing to hurt Sandy, their newest friend just because they could. Lesson learned – Be careful with girl friends as you never know if and when they can turn on you over a guy.
- On the other hand, teen boys will mostly act like immature jerks when their friends are around where girls are concerned. – While it appeared that Danny had real feelings for Sandy, he still couldn’t help but try to impress his guy friends every chance he got, especially when he first realized that Sandy was going to school with him. As much as he seemingly wanted to be excited to see Sandy, he had to keep his cool not let on how much as cared for her. Thus this proves the point that teenage boys are, as Frenchy so eloquently puts it, rats or fleas on rats or still even worse than that, they’re amoebas on fleas on rats. Lesson learned – Teen boys have to act tough and cool while around their friends no matter what.
- First love is exciting, but hurts, too. – Throughout the movie, we are treated to the good, the bad and the ugly as far as how this so-called love played out for both the main characters. Lesson learned – When first love hits, be prepared to fall hard and most likely get hurt in the process at some point.
- Gossip never gets old. – Rizzo divulging to Marty that she is pregnant and then the news traveling and spreading just as quickly as the dreaded flu does during the winter. Lesson learned – Good or bad news travels fast.
- Drama is around every corner no matter which way you turn. – And no wonder this teenage love story was made into a dramatic, musical movie, because really it had enough drama from the opening scene of the two professing their love right until the end credits rolled along with the ending song of, “We Go Together”. Lesson Learned – Just be prepared for the drama during this time in your life and there really is no escaping it.
Now go forth, hand jive on and don’t let the others by any means finish the ride for you, because Grease is most definitely the word!
Do you love the movie Grease?
Did you watch Grease Live?
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