in about 100 words or less
US 110m, Colour
Director: Randal Kleiser; Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway
Grease is a romantic musical comedy about Danny Zuko, a 1950s greaser, and Sandy Olsen, an Australian girl whose affection he secretly seeks despite his tough guy public image. Following American Graffiti (1973), and premiering during the days of the popular television sitcom Happy Days, Grease may well be the height of re-manufactured 1950s nostalgia. Sanitized, idealized and populated with over-aged teenagers, Grease is an escapist kitschy farce devoid of any real emotional depth. Though it is now an admired piece of nostalgia in its own right, the best American depictions of 50s and 60s popular culture remain to be discovered in the under appreciated films of John Waters (Klaus Ming June 2015).