Parents' Guide to

Dirty Dancing

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Feel-good dance-off will get tweens' toes tapping.

TV WE Reality TV 1988
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Surprisingly 'Dirty'

Parents (who somehow haven't seen the movie yet) should know that it is very much about a young girl's sexual awakening through the means of dance. In fact, the 'underground' dance club scenes in particular are mildly steamy, with sex-through-clothes type shots. This includes less dancing per say, and more gyrating; with everyone essentially dry-humping their dance partners. *SPOILER* in one scene Swayze throw his partner forward, and begins a thrusting/gyrating motion (the camera is facing them head-on, and her top torso is almost on the ground, so only their privates are touching. This could easily be misconstrued for sex.) Women's bikini-cut underwear under their dresses reveal bare butt-cheeks, and male partners rub, grab, and squeeze these vigorously. Orgasmic faces are made, but nothing heard. *SPOILER* sensitive issues such as knocking someone up and denying responsibility for such actions, as well as subsequent abortions (referred to as 'taking care of it') are addressed, and go horribly wrong. Gendered stereotypes and relationship idealism ensue (due to the time period). A girl spends much time alone with a guy she barely knows including going into the woods, and to his house; a sexual relationship blossoms, but scenes are mild by todays standards; (it starts as a dance, the girls top comes off, [his shirt was already off], dance continues, scene cuts to close-up of them in bed, him on top of her, kissing; they are later on seen in bed with her topless[only her bare back and side boob are seen] and on top of him).
age 13+

Loved it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Since this is reality TV, it's not surprising that the women develop rivalries and jealous feelings when it seems like one of them is getting more attention from their partner than the others. And as in Dancing with the Stars, explosive onstage moves and pretty costumes turn each episode of Dirty Dancing into extreme eye candy for fans of the performing arts. It's all sorts of reality fun rolled in one: makeovers, competition, and some sexual tension. While the latter might turn some parents off, Dirty Dancing is ultimately fine fare for tweens and older, especially those who appreciate the performing arts.

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