23 thoughts on “SNARK WEEK: Grease, You’re Not the One That I Want

  1. 1) I love Grease. One of my favorite memories is watching it in a theater in Paris with a friend, and singing along to all of the songs and irritating the other audience members.

    2) True story: when I was about 12, me and my friends put on a performance of Grease in my living room, for our parents. I played the dual roles of Rizzo and Cha Cha. I always wanted to be a bad girl!

    3) Yes, the costumes are ATROCIOUS.

    1. I KNEW IT. You’re one of those girls always singing these stupid songs from this stupid movie!!! OMG!!!

      At least 1940s musicals had ye olde timey costumes, like Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis ‘n stuff. But Greasey ’50s/’70s BS, just gross.

      (I’m Rizzo in that CoCo picture, ‘natch.)

  2. You nailed the fact that between Grease and Happy Days, anything set in the ’50s that followed used those as their source material rather than authentic references from the period. And I should know. I was born in 1951, so I have pretty good memories of the entire decade, not to mention family photo albums showing real period dress, hair, and makeup.

    And thank you also for referencing T-Lo’s Musical Mondays. Hope Tom and Lorenzo know you’re fans!

    1. As a child of the ’70s, I know all the ’70s references, & omg, that movie was far more of it’s decade than the supposed period it was pretending to be in. Happy Days started out less stereotyped, but then, literally jumped the shark, & Laverne & Shirley, etc., piled it on. Not that the ’50s need to be made over perfectly, but let’s get real & see where the silly Halloween costumes come from!

      And yes, I idolize T-Lo. We will never be one iota of what they have become *sigh*

      1. I’m doing everything I can to spread the word about your site. I’m a performer and former costumer myself and hang with lots of similarly experienced and like-minded folks, and if they aren’t already aware of Frock Flicks, I’m doing my best to get them to check you out.

  3. Also a T-Lo fan and definitely a Frock Flicks groupie. Kendra’s response to her mansplaining commenter would have won me completely had I not already been hooked. Please continue doing good in the world and thank you for giving me a place where “What do you mean, Rose in TITANIC DIDN’T WEAR A HAT TO CHURCH?And why is her hair DOWN HER BACK?” can be appreciated instead of just getting an eye-roll.

  4. OMG, THANK YOU!!! I felt like I was the only person in my high school who didn’t love Grease!

    1. Thank you! I feel like I’m entirely out of step with my generation in that I don’t deeply understand the meaning of “nobody puts baby in the corner” since I couldn’t bring myself to watch all of that movie.

  5. I’m with Kendra. I loved that movie when I saw it as a Jr high kid in ’78. I loved watching Happy Days, and Laverne & Shirley, so this was up the same vein. I even had the album to sing along to, and still know most of the songs by heart. The costumes, well back then I didn’t know better. But nowadays, I can’t seem to be willing to buy the movie off the cheap rack. It’s not for the costumes which I can ignore, but for the storyline, which anymore is so painfully backwards in feminist issues, and bad relationship issues. It is a movie I do not want my daughter to watch, except as an exercise in what sorts of things one does not do for their true love.

  6. I’m totally with you! I never watched it, and hated the songs when I was a kid. I only realised it was set in the 50’s later during the 80’s when it played on TV or something, and rockabilly fashion was becoming a thing.

  7. For the record, the 1950’s fashion that I love is not this crap. It’s the haute couture of Christian Dior, Charles James, Norman Hartnell and Jacques Fath. These losers wouldn’t know what or who Dior was if he walked up and slapped them in the face. (Yes, I’m being harsh here.)

  8. You people are forgetting that Grease the Broadway Musical and the Movie is a PARODY of the 1950s…meaning the point of the piece was to poke fun of it, which is why you have all the exaggeration in costume, hair, etc. it was never meant to be an actual representation of the 1950s. ‘K? Thanks. Bye.

    1. Mr. Brad, you are correct, in spite of the frock flick flak you have caught for being right while being male. I was 14 (and a girl at the time) when it came out, and was just not into the hysteria. For 1978, I loved Watership Down, Big Wednesday, Animal House (perfect parody of the late 50’s, early 60’s).
      Ms. Trystan, for a truly original frock flick, try Jubilee.

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