favorite Dirty Dancing movie scenes

Posted: August 18, 2010 in favorite-scenes, Movies

In the movie Dirty Dancing, as Baby and her family arrive at the vacation resort, Lisa – Baby’s somewhat shallow sister – begins to whine that she should’ve brought a certain pair of shoes because they match a dress that she sees. (Is the dress for sale? I’m not sure, I’ve never understood that part. Anyway.)

The girls’ mother tries to console Lisa by reasoning, “Sweetheart, you brought ten pairs,” but Lisa continues to bemoan the shoes. Not exactly sympathetic, her father declares, “This is not a tragedy.” Baby agrees, citing examples of *real* injustice in the world.

[It’s a great scene.  Sometimes, when I find myself moping over some trivial thing, I hear Jerry Orbach boom, “This is not a tragedy!” And usually … okay, eventually … I see that it isn’t.]

(Originally Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:28 pm)


In the movie, Dirty Dancing, the father of the teenaged main character is angry/disappointed in his daughter for sleeping with an older man. In one scene the teenager – quite maturely – approaches her father, respectfully saying that she’s still a part of the family and he can’t keep giving her the silent treatment.

As she speaks, emotions soon get the best of her, and she cries, “I know I let you down … but you let me down too.” I thought that was a simple but powerful appeal for him to talk to her, a reminder that although he was disappointed by her, he wasn’t the only one who was hurting. 

(Originally Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:18 pm)


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