Dirty Dancing 'Review'

Dirty Dancing 'Review'

It's less of a review and more of a rant.

This past Wednesday, ABC decided it wanted to join the ranks of NBC and FOX and produced a remake of Dirty Dancing. It was supposed to be the musical version of the 1980's cult classic, which would explain the weird fake singing and fake piano playing the father did towards the end of the film. I am slightly ashamed to say that I did not see the original until after watching the remake. You don't have to judge me, I judged myself enough for it. While I didn't think that the remake was superior to the original, there were highlights. I appreciated the fact that the mom and dad character had more of a storyline, instead of just bits and pieces of a plot allotted to them whenever Baby wasn't dancing or trying to help someone. They had real moments between them, and I thought it was beautiful.

As I said, I never saw the original all the way through before watching the remake so I thought that everything I saw was exactly how it happened in the original. I was disappointed to see that the real mom and dad barely said anything. Especially the mom played by Kelly Bishop, some of her lines were so sad I think they added them in so she could believe she was cast for a reason. Debra Messing, on the other hand, had plenty of lines. The writers flushed out the mom and dad characters to the point of them having actual personalities, that was a great thing. Another positive was that Baby's sister was actually nice and talented. I get that it was a comedic thing in the original for her to not be able to sing, but I liked Sarah Hyland as the sister much more than the original sister. There were other minor changes but the rest of it was pretty much true to the story.

The only change that I absolutely hated and did not need was the new ending. Instead of letting the audience be happy that Baby did the lift and Johnny came back (reason still unknown), they decided to go back to grown up Francis (Baby) in the theater after watching Dirty Dancing the Musical. She is walking away, when who else but Johnny, comes up to talk to her. His hair was horrible and he looked like he had been through some things, but he was there. The romantic in me thought "Oh how cute, they decided to show us that their love lasted all these years." That, however, was not the case. In the back of my mind, I heard a romantic melody playing while the two awkwardly spoke to each other. The music came to a screeching halt when a child ran up behind Baby (Francis) and Johnny was staring at the child like "Is she mine?" I was sitting on the floor of my living room thinking "Is she his..." She was not, because Baby's husband, some random guy named Charlie I think, came up and kissed her.

Listen writers of the remake, if I wanted to watch La La Land, which I don't, I would have. I did not need to know that they were both successful if they did not end up together. It has bothered me ever since I watched it. I felt robbed of three hours of my life. After revealing she has a family, Baby kisses Johnny on the cheek and walks away and he stands there watching her go. I sat there, on my floor, mad. I couldn't believe it ended this way. This could have been an alternate ending that you only saw if you bought the DVD... But alas, it was not and anyone who ships Baby and Johnny should be very upset with what was done.

All that being said, I will tell you my absolute favorite thing about the remake. And her name is Abigail Breslin. It wasn't her acting, or her dance moves, or even her singing. Nothing about her performance particularly stood out to me. What I liked about her being cast was that she looked like an average 16 year-old girl. She wasn't very thin or too curvy. She had a sort of plain Jane look and I believe that is what Baby is supposed to be. Baby became someone I could identify with because of her average-ness. I'm not saying that Abigail Breslin isn't a beautiful woman because she is, but casting her as a lead when she doesn't fit the "type" was a beautiful thing to see. In the theater world as well as Hollywood, people are told to know their types. That's why you see some actors playing the same roles all the time. There are several types but not nearly enough for the many diverse actors there are in the world. Some actors I believe can defy types, but because they don't "look" the part, they aren't given the chance.

A leading lady is usually small, dainty, thin, and very beautiful. In the remake, Baby did not exactly fit the normal look, but it was still her story. Johnny still thought she was beautiful and sexy and I think that was something that we needed to see. You don't have to look a certain way to be with a certain person. That's not realistic. If you really pay attention to couples around the world, some of them will surprise you. You'll find your media-consumed, Hollywood-brainwashed mind going "Why is he with her" or "What does she see in him" but the beauty of it is, it's not about what other people think or see it's about the individuals in the relationship. I personally loved seeing Abigail Breslin because although our bodies are not the same, I too am not the typical leading lady type. It was refreshing. And although it's great when actresses write parts for themselves like Mindy Kaling and Amy Schumer, it's nice when casting directors break the rules. If anything should be learned from ABC's attempt, it's that casting should be inclusive. It should probably also be correct, but that's another article.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

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Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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