Los Angeles Film Festival 2012: Dirty Dancing
In the hip-swaying romantic neo-classic Dirty Dancing — released in 1987, set in 1962 — college-bound teen Baby (Jennifer Grey) spends the summer at a posh vacation resort with her family, where she meets and falls in love with bold and sexy dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze). Director Emile Ardolino sketches Baby's burgeoning feelings for Johnny, and her sharp awakening to the burdens of class differences, with a lovely sincerity lacking from most current films about teenage love — perhaps because it's nostalgically set in a pre–Vietnam War world. It's a film that smells of summer honeysuckle and tastes of watermelon, and the festival will take full advantage of its palpable summer-ness with a free, outdoor screening under the stars at California Plaza, with dance group Contra-Tiempo performing onstage along to the film's dance sequences.
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