Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

August 4, 2014

30 Film Females: Dirty Dancing (1987)

Filed under: 30 Film Females — ootastic @ 3:38 pm

When I was growing up, I was the quiet and not-so-pretty one (still am!).  The romantic drama Dirty Dancing is a film I remember watching on video numerous times with my then best friend (who I can’t find on social media) and identifying with the character of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman, played (and danced) with gusto by Jennifer Grey.  Plus the music rocks!  My friend and I must have been aware of (illicit) sex and (illegal) abortion at the time, but were more interested in the dancing and romance.  The film’s long-lasting influence (“Nobody puts Baby in the corner”) pays testament to the strong, sympathetic acting (RIP Patrick Swayze) and the universality of the coming-of-age plot.

I now can’t think of Dirty Dancing without getting an earworm of the cleaning song from the BBC kids TV series “Big Cook, Little Cook”.  I plan on teaching this to my toddler to encourage some help around the house 😉  I’ve got some more drawings in the pipeline, but I’m on a go slow due to the summer heat/holiday season.

Honourable mentions for 1987: Holly Hunter as a desperate baby-napper in the Coen brothers’ black comedy Raising Arizona. Also, Glenn Close as the “bunny-boiling” obsessive mistress in Fatal Attraction.  Both are flawed, but strong and interesting characters.



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  2. My toddler’s new favourite TV programme, I Can Cook has not just one but two cleaning songs! One can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9CBEvJQu1M

    Comment by ootastic — February 16, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

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