The Star

Christmas…a magical time of year. It seems that you don’t even have to be Christian by faith to revel in the joy of “The Season.” I have friends with mixed faith families who celebrate Christmas. Many major faiths celebrate their holy holidays near Christmas, or maybe they would say that we celebrate Christmas near their special day. Having said that, I love Christmas, the one that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ!

The Star is new to the theater this Christmas season. If you usually read my column, you know that I rarely review movies that are currently in the theater but I couldn’t resist this beautifully animated movie about the birth of Christ told from the perspective of Bo.

Bo is a brave little donkey who yearns for something other than his daily grind at the village mill. Bo (Steven Yeun) has big dreams of joining the royal parade, which means he would be part of something important. When his best friend, Dave the dove (Keegan-Michael Key) helps Bo escape from his owner, they set off to pursue greatness.  They quickly find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime. 

In Nazareth, Mary (Gina Rodriguez) is told by an angel that she will give birth to the Son of God. When she tells her new husband Joseph (Zachery Levi) he is understandably concerned and confused, but after being instructed by an angel, he eventually understands the importance of what God is doing. When Mary finds Bo loose, she grows fond of him and takes him as her own, even though he wants to be free because of his own mission to find the royal parade.

Then there is King Herod and Mary and Joseph’s empty home. They have left for Bethlehem for the required census, leaving Bo behind so he sets out to warn them of the horrible King’s intent. 

While Bo and Dave are making their heroic way to Bethlehem, the story also follows the journey of the three wisecracking camels, Felix (Tracy Morgan), Cyrus (Tyler Perry) and Deborah (Oprah Winfrey) who are carrying the three wise men. Other voices with smaller roles include Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Anderson, Delilah and Maria Carey. Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told!

This Sony Pictures animation is wonderful. It brings the Christmas story to life from a perspective that a child can understand yet an adult will truly enjoy. As far as authenticity, the true story of Jesus’ birth is told but with a few twists and turns—shall we say embellishments—that just make it more endearing. 

The Star is a wonderful, hilarious, deeply reverential family film.  Take your little ones, take your teens or even sneak off and see it by yourself.  It should be in theaters through the holidays, so don’t miss it.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing movie, The Nativity Story. This is for pre-teens and older, but is a wonderful movie about the birth of Christ.  Stream it, rent it or even buy it so you will have it to watch every year. You won’t be disappointed! 

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Amazing Grace

I’m a sucker for an unsung hero. I’m betting that most of you have never heard of William Wilberforce. I hadn’t until I saw Amazing Grace. There is something inordinately moving about a man who stands up for what is right and makes a difference in this life.

Wilber, as he was often called was a man of stirring principle and tireless will.  Elected to the House of Commons at the age of 21, and on his way to a successful political career, Wilberforce, over the course of two decades, took on the English establishment and persuaded those in power to end the inhumane trade of slavery.  

I have to admit, as an American, when I think of slavery my thoughts go immediately to my own American history books, but this story is not just about slavery, it’s about  slave trading.

As played by Ioan Gruffudd, William Wilberforce is the sort of grave, God-fearing young man who annoys everyone else by being both moral and right.  We see his concern for whipped carriage horses first, but its whipped humans who become his life’s work, by the late 17th century, there were 11 million Africans in the West Indies, and Great Britain was the superpower of slave traders. The details of the Middle Passages are hideous but business is so good that no one wants to hear about them. 

With perseverance and yes, sometimes cunning, Wilber is able to turn the tide.  Watching the film, you get a sense of Europe reeling under the weight of history.  At the start, England is about to lose the Revolutionary War; by the end, beheadings in Paris have those across the channel fearfully fingering their collars. It was a time of birthing new ideas; a birthing that was painful. 

By now you may be asking how the song many of us first heard as children ties into the movie; John Newton (Albert Finney), an ex-slave trader turned minister wrote these lyrics and became Wilberforce’s spiritual counselor. Torn between ministry and politics, Newton convinced Wilberforce that he was born “for such a time as this.” That he had been placed in a position as a powerful Member of Parliament to secure the abolition of the slave trade. It was in the House of Commons, Newton stated, that Wilberforce could best serve God.

There is a love interest, Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai) met Wilberforce in 1797 when she was 20 and he was 38. After two weeks of courtship they married. The pair shared their lives for 36 years until his death in 1833.

As a sidebar, in my research I found a Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University can trace it’s origin to a period of history before the Civil War, when the Ohio Underground Railroad was established as a means of escape for all those blacks who sought freedom in the North. England actually abolished slavery a half century before the United States.

In Amazing Grace we have an incredibly robust and talented cast, a superb director and a truly Amazing story. A little taste of history that you may not have been aware of portrayed in an epic adventure. An evening well spent. I invite comments, Carolyn@carolynhastings.com

The Case for Christ

I always find it interesting that when a catastrophe hits we are inundated by prayers.  I couldn’t believe the first few days after 9/11; the church pews were full of Americans praying for the victims, their families, and the country.  You can call it fear, concern or just getting back to our primarily-Christian roots, but it happens.  Even our recent hurricanes and wild fires had Facebook and Twitter humming with prayers for the victims. 

I am wondering if the answer to these phenomena could be found in the movie, The Case for Christ. Lee Strobel wrote the best-selling book of the same name, and this story is his story, well, his and his wife, Leslie.

Lee (Mike Vogel) graduated from the University of Missouri and went on to receive a Masters of Studies in Law at Yale Law School…no lightweight.  As an award winning journalist, he worked for the Chicago Tribune. He had “arrived,” or was well on his way as an investigative journalist.

After Leslie (Erika Christensen) became a Christian, Lee almost walked away from their marriage. Instead, he was challenged to not prove her belief right but to prove her wrong. This investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist decided he would do what he was trained to do: disprove the existence of God.

He attacked this goal with the fervor of the pit bull investigator that he was. He left no stone unturned; no expert or worthy opponent not interviewed.  

Lee has since written more than twenty best sellers and yes, he is on staff at the megachurch where Leslie found God when it was still holding services without even a building of their own in which to worship.They are happily married and Lee, as you might have guessed, is a believer.

Don’t stop here!

The United States of America, as well as most European countries was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Our very system of government reflects the depth of those very beliefs, despite some recent erosion. Most of us, when we reflect back, had parents or grandparents who were “believers.” We can get all uppity and say that we’ve become more enlightened, but come on, really?  It’s more likely that we’ve become too busy and became detached from the question.

I met a lovely young woman the other day who shared that her father had been a pastor but her husband didn’t like to go to church so they didn’t attend as a family. She also shared that both of her teenagers not only attended a church youth group, but two different church youth groups—voluntarily. Hmmm.

I not only suggest that God is real but that Christ is real, and challenge you to watch The Case for Christ.  Remember, the movie and the book it was based upon was written from the vantage point of an atheist—a place you might recognize. You might be surprised at which side of that argument you find yourself on. At the very least, it might clarify the argument in your head, when you do take the time to think about it.

As always, I welcome your comments or questions at Carolyn@CarolynHastings.com

Gifted

Summer Break is over and all the kids are heading back to school. While most of our kids are within the spectrum of normal intelligence, once in while a child is born with sheer brilliance; they just see certain subjects from a whole different perspective. Mary Adler (McKenna Grace) was that child. 

Mary’s mother (mom would indicate something different) was a gifted mathematician.  Sheltered her whole life by a mother who herself was gifted, Diane Adler really didn’t get much of an opportunity to truly experience life.

Pregnant and single, she confides in her brother Frank (Chris Evans), who sees her through the birth of Mary. Depressed and confused Diane puts Baby Mary to bed one night and goes into the bathroom and kills herself. Now before you start thinking this is some “downer” movie, let me assure you it’s not. This beautiful film starts with six year old Mary living with her uncle Frank in a loving though not affluent neighborhood in Florida. Frank loves boats and makes his living repairing them in this coastal community. He’s not rich, but he and Mary are happy. 

Frank has been home schooling Mary, but at six years old this former university professor has to admit that she needs to go to a “real” school. He knows she needs friends her age and to live a life as close to normal as a budding genius can—a gift her gifted mother never received.

Things are a little dicey at first but Mary settles in at school until the Principal takes it into her own hands to contact Evelyn Adler (Lindsay Duncan), Mary’s Grandmother. Well, the proverbial “you know what,” hits the fan and Evelyn shows up to do what she feels is right for Mary—as she did with Diane, Mary’s mother.

The amazing Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank’s landlord, neighbor and best friend. She just happens to be Mary’s best friend as well. Roberta loves, protects and fiercely defends the little family. Every Saturday night Mary has a sleepover at Roberta’s. They dance and sing and they do girl things and act silly. For a gifted child, Mary has a fairly normal life.

Bonnie (Jenny Slate) is Mary’s teacher and has a relationship with Frank; you had to see that one coming (Chris Evans is pretty hot!).  She’s okay but not really pivotal to the plot. Oh, yes, there is a plot but I don’t want to spoil it.

Mary is too smart to not see the battle brewing around her that actually started with her mother and before that, her grandmother. She seems to understand intellectually, but is still emotionally devastated. 

I don’t know what it’s like to have a truly “gifted” child, so I can only speculate. I do know that if a child is blessed with brilliance at six, they are still going to be smart at 16 or 26. I believe we have to protect them with as much normalcy as they desire. The problems of this world will still be there for them to solve, when and if they are ready.  Life is meant to be lived, not spent in a room with a board and a marker pen. That is a decision to be made only by the person in the room.

I truly enjoyed Gifted. It was a compelling and intimate story. If you have experienced this dilemma and don’t agree (or do) with me, let me know. I look forward to your comments at chastings@rockcliff.com.

The Book of Henry

Once in a while, I love seeing a movie that I know nothing about ahead of time. This was The Book of Henry. I wasn’t sure I wanted to risk a friend’s fifteen bucks in case it was a bust, so I saw it by myself. This is one of those films that you truly aren’t sure how you feel about it until the credits have rolled. 

In case you’re wondering, I loved this movie. Going into this review, I’m not even sure what I’m going to say about it. It’s a little hard to explain but just maybe that’s the exact reason I liked it so much.

Sometimes things aren’t always what they seem, especially in Henry’s world. The Carpenters, single mom, Susan, and her two son’s Henry, eleven, and eight-year-old Peter, live in a small, suburban town. Susan works in the local diner with her best friend, Sheila. Peter is a playful little boy who adores his older brother Henry, and the feeling is quite mutual. 

Protector to Peter and tireless supporter of his often-self-doubting mother, Henry goes about taking care of everyone and everything in his world. Henry is a genius who spends his days and nights arranging things, including the family finances by investing.  At Henry’s insistence, Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s classmate Christina, has a dangerous secret and Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his ingenious plan to help Christina takes shape, Henry falls ill and Susan finds herself at the center of the plan.

This film is different—definitely not run of the mill. Once in a long while, you find a movie that was made for the sheer beauty of the film. This is one of them.

The Book of Henry takes you down one road and the next thing you know, you’re down another road.  It certainly keeps you on your toes, so just let it play out and by the end you’ll see that all the roads lead to the place that only a young genius can take you.  The reviews I bothered to read were all over the place. The critics, for the most part, didn’t like it, but that’s what made me want to see it. 

The cast is wonderful. Naomi Watts as Henry’s mother is so believable, and Jaeden Lieberher, as Henry, is truly amazing. Christina, the girl next door, is quite accomplished. You may recognize her from her five-year stint on Dance Moms.  Younger brother, Peter, was played by Jacob Tremblay. Director Colin Trevorrow should be applauded for his work but also for the sheer risk of making this movie.

I ask you to view this movie with an open mind. If you are the kind of person who criticizes a film for being different, then your experience with this film will be flawed and you might want to skip it. But if you do watch it, you will be amazed. 

I would suggest care when viewing with younger children. It’s rated PG-13 and that’s about where you should start. While not graphically so, it does deal with subject matter that may not be appropriate for younger children. 

I am truly interested in finding out what you thought about this one! Let me know at Carolyn@CarolynHastings.com

Last Man Club

More than 415,000 men and women lost their lives on the lonely battlefields of the world during WWII. Quite literally, a dying breed.  Now our WWII veterans are almost gone, but certainly not forgotten.  This review offers up a movie that runs the gamut of emotions for me—at times it was sad; at times it was funny, but mostly, it was just precious. 

Last Man Club is a glimpse of getting old through the eyes of four war heroes.  WWII veteran, John “Eagle” Pennell, is a day away from being sent by his well-meaning family to a retirement home. He escapes in his late wife’s 1958 Ford Fairlane, in spite of not having driven since his wife died, some ten years earlier. “Eagle” embarks on a cross country journey to find the last surviving members of his B-17 crew with the help of Romy, a young woman he meets on the way running away from a dangerous relationship. The fulfillment of an oath is “Eagle’s” goal, but what he discovers along the way is a life affirming view of himself and forgiveness for his family who is trying to stop him.  

Once reunited with his remaining crewmen, they venture through the backroads of America, in a race to complete their mission as the police, the FBI, a dangerous gangster and “Eagle’s” family try to figure out this band of “old dudes’” next move.  (Scene Stealer: it involves an old airplane and a runway!)

The cast of Last Man Club includes well known faces, if not names. Their acting is good, if not great, bringing an almost childlike (or elderly) performance to the film. They unpack the story of once proud and brave beyond measure men who manage on their own terms to regain their dignity. As it was in their “glory days,” they find that sometimes bravery comes one step at a time and that triumph conquers fear.

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know me as a Patriot. I can’t say I have sacrificed for my country as many have, but I do try to do what’s right.  If all I can do is honor those who have, I will do it to the best of my ability.  I believe in standing for my flag and yes, putting my hand over my heart, where it belongs, when I’m pledging my allegiance.  I owe my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren to those who have fought our nation’s battles!

Watch Last Man Club.  Whether you’re 19 or 91, I believe you’ll enjoy this glimpse into the heart of our brave men and women in uniform. By the way, even the elderly who didn’t serve have a valuable story to tell. If we’ll just pause and listen, there are lessons to be learned. So next Independence Day or Memorial Day, if you find yourself watching a parade or barbecuing a steak on your day off… thank a Vet!

This film is definitely worth watching. It’s PG-13, so appropriate for most families.  I look forward to your comments at chastings@rockcliff.com.

 

 

Hidden Figures

I’m a native Californian.  I live in a “nice” area of California.  I have only experienced a race riot on television.  I will admit to not truly understanding being a minority. I did live in Louisiana for a very short time in 1967; still no riots, just a surreal feeling. I didn’t understand it then and I don’t understand it now. I do have friends who are African-American and I love them dearly.

Hidden Figures is a slice of history.  Virginia in the early 60s.  NASA. A slice of history from a different perspective; racism is front and center, yet all are working hard to contribute to their country, in spite of the barriers of race and gender.

John F. Kennedy was President and we were in a race for dominance in space. NASA was newly formed and didn’t even know what they didn’t know. Hidden Figures is based on the true story of three African-American women. All three had brilliant minds and ended up being critical in the quest for space travel.  It wasn’t easy in 1961. 

These ladies worked in the West Computing Group, an all “colored” group of ladies known as Computers—as in, “they compute.”  Computers (machines) were just starting to be introduced into the workplace. Educated to as high a level as they were allowed, these ladies got dressed up and went to work, all using not just separate bathrooms and lunch rooms, but in fact, working in an entirely different building form their white co-workers. When their computing skills were needed, a white woman entered their building with an assignment. 

Al Harrison, NASA Director, was played by the one and only, Kevin Costner. I don’t know him, only saw him once, but he seems like someone I’d invite to a backyard BBQ.  I loved him in this movie. He has scenes that make you want to jump up from your seat and cheer! When on assignment, the ladies of the West Computing Group had to return to their own building a half mile away to use the Colored Ladies facility. My favorite Harrison quote is, “Here at NASA we all pee the same color.”

The casting is excellent.  Along with Costner we have Oscar winning, Octavia Spencer playing Dorothy Vaughn, as well as Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, and Janelle Mona’e as Mary Jackson.

Kirsten Dunst does well as Vivian Mitchell, the woman in charge of the “Computers.”  Toward the end of the movie she tells Dorothy, “Despite what you may believe, I have nothing against y’all.”  Dorothy simply answers, “I know that, I know you think that.” Somewhere in that statement is the truth about racism.

I love true stories, even if they are only ‘based’ on the truth. This film certainly did not disappoint.  The story line is both insightful and redeeming and with this talented cast it is a home run. 

The music is inspiring and upbeat.  There are actually lyrics to the songs that fit perfectly with the story. It certainly adds one more dimension to the film and scored (pun intended) it a Golden Globe nomination!

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone. Three Oscar nominations as well as other accolades were well deserved. Hidden Figures is fun and you actually get a history lesson. This trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big!

As usual, I would love to hear your thoughts at chastings@rockcliff.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hacksaw Ridge

Crazy, brilliant, destructive, genius, passionate…all words that could well describe the amazing Mel Gibson. From his Mad Max and Lethal Weapon days to Hacksaw Ridge, you never quite know what to expect.

I have to admit I waited for Hacksaw Ridge to come out on DVD to watch it.  Did I want to watch it?  Not really, but once again I was drawn to a film that I believed I needed to see. Movies are like traveling, sometimes you go to just soak up the sun, drink a Pina Colada or two and unwind. Other times, you go to explore, learn and see things you’ve never seen before; things that will teach you about the big wonderful world in which we live. 

Hacksaw Ridge was based on the true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, a humble boy from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Growing up with a violent father and a religious mother taught Desmond a few things—faith in God and a strong belief in “due no harm.” 

When WWII came around all the boys in town were volunteering for service, Desmond volunteered as well.  He was told he could be a Medic and not fight or carry a gun.  With patriotism running high, the military didn’t honor that promise at first. Des fought for the right to go to war, but as a Conscientious Objector he just didn’t want to carry a weapon. 

Having gotten married to the love of his life during his first leave, he was off to war—Okinawa to be exact. The 1945 battle was bloody.  I’m kind of a “wuss” when it comes to movies so now you know why I waited for it to come out on DVD.  This movie is bloody, gory and tense, but then again, like Passion of the Christ or Braveheart, that’s what Director Mel Gibson does best.  I only paused Hacksaw Ridge twice. I was very proud of myself!

There is no other way to tell this story. The real event had to be even more bloody and gory. They don’t make commemorative statues out of less. The taking of Okinawa was a turning point in WWII. Long after the others had pulled off the ridge, surrounded by Japanese, Private Desmond (Des) Doss stayed, saving the lives of 75 wounded soldiers.

Exhausted, hurting but determined, Des prayed. His cry to God, “What is it you want me to do?  I don’t understand. I can’t hear you.” A quiet moment; then he returns to save more lives with his mantra of, “One more. Help me get one more.”

Hacksaw Ridge, the movie, is a slice of history; a moment in time that should never be forgotten.  Mel Gibson has honored our valiant soldiers of one of the bloodiest battles of the bloodiest war in history with this movie.

Young actor, Andrew Garfield plays Doss brilliantly. He actually looks like him. Des was the only Conscientious Objector to ever be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss lived with his lovely wife to a ripe old age; humbleness was still a vital part of his character.

Gibson’s directing was genius. His film was awarded Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Directing and Best Sound Editing and that’s just the Academy Awards.

While it’s R rated and may not be appropriate for the whole family, I highly recommend Hacksaw Ridge.  Thank you, again, Mel Gibson.  Send your comments to chastings@rockcliff.com.

One Night with the King

In case you think I’m getting prematurely dotty, I willingly admit that I reviewed One Night with the King in early 2008.  For Judaism it is time for the Festival of Purim and for Christians, it is Easter.  It’s time to dust off my review, add to it and bring it to you again.

I am not Jewish but as a Christian, I have an admiration of the ancient religion and culture. It is simply, yet magnificently beautiful.

There is always turmoil in the Middle East and Israel seems to be a lightning rod.  To even begin to understand that turmoil you have to look back thousands of years; be a student of history.  Megilah of Esther, is an ancient scroll that recounts the heroics of Queen Esther in ancient Persia. If you don’t know who Esther was or about her pivotal role in history, you need to watch this movie.

You take one young orphan girl and one hunky king and you have the making of a luscious tale. This one is a true tale, chronicled by history. The life of Esther is one of the most inspiring Biblical accounts found in the Old Testament.  Much beloved by Jews, Christians and Persians alike, Esther is the story of deliverance for the Jewish people. 

One Night with the King has lavish costumes, giggling harems, a vast, ancient city, huge armies, black riders, and blood feuds. Yet, it is truly the story of a young woman, a Jew, living in exile in Susa, Persia, with her cousin in about 485 BC.

There is a back-story of a 400 year old feud between the Jews and the Agagites that intertwines throughout the movie. This is a part of the story I had never heard that helped me have a better understanding of this period in history. This is an intricately-woven story with intrigues, treachery and comeuppance a plenty, but you need to pay attention to the first few minutes because it sets the stage for the story.   

Esther, played by, Tiffany Dupont is fresh and beautiful and offsets King Xerxes (did I mention that he is hunky?) played by Luke Goss. There are stunning performances by screen legends, Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif and John Rhys-Davies that rounds out the cast nicely. 

Based on the best-selling novel “Hadassah: One Night with the King” by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen, this dramatic big-screen adaptation chronicles Esther’s (Hadassah) rise from peasant to queen, her courageous role in the redemption of her people from destruction and death, and her winning of the love of the most powerful man in the kingdom—by seeking his heart rather than the riches of his kingdom.

One Night with the King was shot entirely on location in Rajasthan—India’s very own land of kings. Digital vistas were added to this Indian castle to recreate the ancient capital, Persepolis. One Night with the King exudes exotic splendor.  I have yet to figure out what catches the attention of the “Academy” but in my humble opinion this movie should have at least been nominated for an Oscar for costume and set design.  The costumes alone are worth your time and money to rent this movie. Hope you have a big screen—this movie is majestic!  As always, I welcome your comments at chastings@rockcliff.com.

Dirty Dancing: A Movie Review

Has it truly been 30 years?  Was I only…oops I almost did it!  Did I really see it 13 times, in the theater?  At least thirty years ago it didn’t cost what it does today to go to a movie! 

As I was thinking about doing this review, it took me down a lot of rabbit trails.  Why do some movies affect us when we see them and others don’t?  Down the road a few years and the same movie may affect us totally differently. 

Dirty Dancing was set in 1963, at Kellerman’s in the Catskills.  If you’re a native Californian like me you probably don’t understand the mentality of leaving the city and spending three weeks, or maybe all summer just a drive away from home. It’s an East coast thing. Family cabins scattered about, taking meals together in the dining room and nightly entertainment possibly by your daytime waiter or the couple at the next table reminds me of a cruise ship. 

Johnny Castle, ahhhh, Johnny Castle.  Dirty Dancing was Patrick Swayze’s big break.  The movie that everyone thought would last a week in the theaters, had what could only be explained as an immediate cult following. I’m not sure anyone could ever put Swayze in the best actor category but the guy sure could dance and after all, it was Dirty Dancing. 

It was the 60s and freedom was front and center.  I will today, unapologetically admit to a pro-life belief system and quite frankly, 30 years after this movie, I didn’t even remember that being a central theme. I guess during that 30 years I moved on from “Women’s Rights” to what, in my personal opinion, comes down to, what is right. I wondered what I would say but when I watched the film again for this review, I realized that what the writer felt was the heart of her story was again from a 30 year vantage point.

The eighties had an obsession with the 60s and Dirty Dancing is representative of that era.  The dancing was amazing; controlled sensuality when compared to Miley Cyrus and some of her cronies. It’s about the entertainers, mostly young people from the wrong side of the tracks, and the guests; upper class kids from wealthy families tempted to fraternize. Dirty Dancing is one of the best movies about the love of dance and music ever made, and while it’s definitely associated with the chick flick genre, it’s a movie that just about anyone can enjoy. 

While it was the first film to ever sell over one million videos the soundtrack was worth the price of admission and still is. Even Swayze wrote and sang She’s Like the Wind for the soundtrack.  Be My Baby and (I Had) The Time of My Life were just part of why this soundtrack sold over 32 million copies and was #1 for 18 weeks.

Dirty Dancing has a lightening-in-a-bottle timelessness that works as a time capsule of the decade, and a very entertaining and beautifully composed film that packs in drama, comedy, and an iconic finale that’s still quite riveting. It will make time fly on a rainy night!  It is PG-13 but it doesn’t really cross the line.  Watch it, you’ll be singing the songs for weeks. Let me know what you think at chastings@rockcliff.com .