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PODCAST: Why DIRTY DANCING is Most Relevant Now

Dirty Dancing Riley Roberts Jack Virga Hall

With Missouri, Alabama, and other states banning abortion, Dirty Dancing has never been more important or more relevant. Made in 1987, Roe Vs. Wade was decided law and women had won the battle to control their own reproductive rights. However, screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein felt a time might come when Americans needed a reminder of why the law was passed.

Dirty Dancing is a fun, coming-of-age, dance movie with a plot that hinges completely on obtaining an illegal abortion. Viewers are reminded of why abortion is the only means of survival for some women who, in desperation, will put themselves at risk to end their pregnancy. In our podcast, mother-daughter movie critics Tara McNamara (Gen X) and Riley Roberts (Gen Z) examine the film through a modern lens, looking at the abortion plotline as well as why the uncomfortable age difference between Baby and Johnny played well with young, female audiences.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST ON ITUNES HERE (also available on Stitcher)

And, for more details on the history of Dirty Dancing and Bergstein’s clever strategizing of how she could relay a story about the importance of giving women agency over their own bodies and decisions, go to our Dirty Dancing page here: https://80smovieguide.com/dirty-dancing/

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Go DIRTY DANCING with Your Baby this Valentine’s Day: On Us!

When it comes to choosing a Valentine’s Day activity – whether it’s a date with your loved one or best friend — it’s one time when you need a ringer. To make sure you have the time of your life, Fathom Events is returning Dirty Dancing  to the big screen on Sunday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) successfully do The Lift in Dirty Dancing.

The crowd-pleasing, music-filled Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze classic offers moviegoers not just a sizzling, swooning romance, but a double dose of nostalgia: it’s got the ’80s vibe (released in 1987) while set in the summer of 1963.

To get tickets, go to FathomEvents.com OR we’re giving away FIVE PAIRS right here! To enter to win a pair of tickets, give us a “lift” by liking/following/talking to us on social media (@80sMovieGuide) and mention #DirtyDancing. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – take your pick! Winners will be selected and notified Feb. 1. So, get out of the corner and enter now – good luck! UPDATE: We have winners! Katina E., Angela H., Kathy J., @myteatimethoughts, and @joedaboys! Congrats!!