Grease (re-release) (1978/1998)

GREASE is still the word, or so it would seem in Virginia Beach, 
where on Friday night (at the Lynnhaven Five) a couple hundred 
teenage (teenage?) girls were singing, dancing, and shouting out 
dialogue.  (They clapped and cheered and occasionally chanted; I 
had increasingly violent visions of tear gas and high-powered 
hoses.)  Alas, the movie itself-- which I'd never seen-- was con-
siderably less remarkable.  Though blessed with an infectious en-
ergy and two exceptionally appealing leads, the Highest Grossing 
Movie Musical of All Time struck me as thinly plotted, with too 
much visual "clutter" and not a strong-enough score.  (The moral 
message seemed a bit dubious as well.)  Of course, I could've 
walked out, but then I would've missed the sight of Olivia Newton-
John in those tight black pants.  And for that, I'm grateful...  
(Rated "PG"/110 min.)

Grade: B-

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