A couple of things seem really funny to me about this. First, you'll notice that the movie's been upgraded from its original PG rating to a PG-13 by the MPAA (for "sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language"). This is no doubt because of those raunchy musical numbers, now laid bare thanks to the lyrics that appear on screen, follow-the-bouncing-ball style, for your ultimate viewing pleasure. That family-friendly PG is no longer applicable, since the kiddies can read every single word and be expected to sing them, cheerfully, at the top of their lungs.
Second, while it's certainly heartwarming to see daughters taking their mothers (and vice versa) "share the experience" together, there's something oddly perverse about that. Is this something mothers and their pre-teen daughters should actually be bonding over? Wouldn't it lead to some particularly awkward conversations afterward? I'll tell you this much, I'd buy a ticket just to watch their expressions change from utter joy to outright horror during some of those songs, particularly "Greased Lightning," with its choice lyrics about female genetalia.
Case in point. In college screenwriting courses, you learn there's a certain structure every successful movie script must adhere to. You have your protagonist, whom you follow and identify with from the start. This "hero" has a noble goal he or she strives to accomplish, but is thwarted at every turn by the antagonist, who stands in direct opposition to that goal. And while this antagonist isn't necessarily a "villain," per se (we each have our priorities, after all), our hero must finally defeat this enemy in order to attain the very thing he holds dear.
Apply Grease to this structure, and here's what you get: High school senior Danny Zuko (Travolta), the protagonist. His "noble goal"? To have sex. With who? Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John),that hot Australian number he met on the beach last summer. When Sandy refuses to surrender to Danny
("Don't spoil it!"), she becomes the antagonist - opposes the hero at every turn. Then, after a series of tortuous misunderstandings ("Sandy, you just can't walk out of a drive-in!"), Danny is finally able to wear his woman down. And Sandy realizes that, in order to keep your man, you must devote yourself to him completely - mind, soul, and female genitalia. So she sluts herself up ("You're the one that I want/Ooo ooo ooo, honey"), climbs into a convertible with him, and together, they soar into the heavens. To have sex. With all of their friends and classmates watching, no less.
at a theater near you. How can you resist it?