Grease may be the word, but have you ever noticed that when you sit down to watch it these days, that word suddenly starts to feel very suss?
When looked at through 2014 goggles, a whole lot of the ‘family-favourite’ movie musical begins to take on a very different meaning.
Take a look at these examples and see if you agree:
1. All the teenagers smoke all the time, because all the cool kids know that smoking is cool.
The very first shot we see of sexier-than-the-rest Danny Zuko, is of him turning around with a fag hanging out of his mouth:
And the smoke-cloud just gets bigger from that moment. It even gets to Sandy in the end:
2. The song ‘Summer Nights’ kind of jokes about date rape.
There’s this from the girls: Tell me more, tell me more! Was it love at first sight?
And then this from the boys: Tell me more, tell more! Did she put up a fight?
3. Pretty much every ‘teenager’ in the film is well into adulthood.
Today, you can barely turn on the television without seeing a 24-year-old playing a 16-year-old’s mother. Not so in Grease, where most of the actors were in their 20s, and some even in their 30s.
John Travolta (Danny Zuko) was 23
Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) was 28
From left: Didi Conn (Frenchy) was 25, Jaimie Donnelly (Jan) was 30, Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was 33, and of all the Pink Ladies and T-Birds, only one Dinah Manoff, who played Marty, was a teenager. She was 19.