A long, long time ago (in what seems like a life time ago), I was having a birthday party. It was my 10th birthday to be exact. Well, it was past my actual birthday. My birthday is May 26th, so it often falls on Memorial Day or during Memorial Weekend. Most people are never around that weekend, so my mom opted to have a belated birthday party for me and my friends when she knew people would be around.
A little back story. I had only a few birthday parties growing up. Whenever my mom planned something it would rain. For that reason my mom hated throwing birthday parties for me and my friends. My last birthday party was my 10th birthday party.
My mom had planned an outside party for my 10th birthday. She wasn’t too keen on having a lot of kids running around the inside of our home. My mom had a lot of fine collectibles and fancy furniture.
Unfortunately for me, that birthday party was also a wash out. It not only rained, but POURED. My mom was at a loss as to what to do with a dozen kids. The only thing she could think of was to load everyone up in her car and my father’s car and take us to the movies. She took us to see the movie Grease, which had just opened. The theater was crowded that day too.
That was my last birthday party. Mom wasn’t too happy with having to pay for a dozen kids and two adults to go to the movies. I didn’t mind. I got to see a movie I was looking forward to seeing – Grease!
I wanted to see Grease because I had a huge crush on John Travolta ever since I saw him in the movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble and in Welcome Back Kotter.
Believe it or not, Grease is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this year. FORTY YEARS!!! And to think I saw it when the movie first opened. That is really showing my age.
I consider Grease to be a timeless classic. It’s one of those films that you can watch over and over again and never get bored with it. It’s also one of those films that you catch yourself watching whenever you stumble upon it.
Grease has everything – likable characters, great songs, a love story, comedy. It has something for everyone.
My cousins and I used to put on a “play” about the film and charge our family, friends and neighbors .25 – .50 cents to watch it. I was always the part of Danny because my cousin had blonde hair and she felt like she was the better Sandy. LOL!
In case you’ve been living under a rock (ha ha), and have never seen the film, let me give you a brief synopsis.
Danny and Sandy met on the beach one summer and fell in love. Sadly, it was a brief romance because Sandy had to return to her native Australia after her family’s vacation was over.
Upon returning to high school, Danny was asked about his summer. He told his friends about the amazing girl he met.
Unbeknownst to Danny, Sandy and her family never returned to Australia. Instead, her family decided to stay in the U.S. and they enrolled Sandy in high school, which happened to be the same school Danny attended.
The pair didn’t know that the other was in the same school, but mutual friends found out and brought them together during a rally. They were surprised to see one another, but Danny didn’t want to appear “uncool” so he played it off like it was no big deal seeing her. Sandy took offense to his attitude and ran off.
Danny realized that he was in the wrong and did his best to win her over. Just when he thought he did win back her heart he messed up again. They parted ways, but they were still very much in love with one another.
Sandy realized she was in the wrong and knew that she had to do something to get them back together once and for all.
Will Danny and Sandy finally be together? Will “life” or other people tear them apart again? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Grease. Look for it where ever movies are sold.
I was sent a copy of the film to host a viewing party. What a fun idea!
The 40th Anniversary edition of the film (I received the Blu-ray/DVD copy) comes in a really cool cool case. It has an almost leather-like feel to it and it resembles a book/yearbook. It even says “Rydell High” on the cover.
Inside the front cover is a book featuring screen shots of the film (resembling a yearbook). It also features the morning announcements and commencement announcement on the back cover. The booklet is attached to the box.
I enjoyed flipping through the pages of the booklet. It reminded me of a book I had when I was younger (pictured below). It still have it too (its packed away in the basement).
There are also plenty of great bonus features that are certainly worth checking out including cast interviews, alternate beginning and ending sequences (I loved this bonus feature), deleted, extended and alternate scenes (another feature that I loved), behind the scenes, photo gallery, the theatrical trailer (I don’t remember that at all) and so much more.
The new 40th Anniversary Edition is pretty awesome and would be great for a die hard fan or as a gift.
I had planned on going to Party City to pick up some goodies. I know they carry the 50’s glasses (I’ve seen them there). I also know that they carry record/music themed decorations. I even received a fun T-Birds Jacket for my son to wear.
Sadly, I was unable to make it to Party City. A not-so-nice stomach bug prevented me from getting out to pick up some more goodies (my husband came down with it as well). I even missed work and I have never called out sick from work in two years! That’s how bad the bug was.
I did stop and get some chips, dips and salsa. We were going to order pizza, but heavy, greasy pizza was not something my husband and I wanted to contend with having that darn stomach bug, so we passed on that.
I received a super cool T-Birds jacket (PICTURED BELOW). I knew it wouldn’t fit my husband, but I figured it would fit my son. Sadly, my son’s chest and shoulders were too big for the jacket (more so his shoulders). So we hung it up on the bookcase near the TV when we watched the movie to pay homage to Danny Zuko and the T-Birds.
I LOVE that my kids (ages 21 and almost 19) know Grease, and they know the music/songs (even if they won’t admit to it). Grease it truly a wonderful family film that everyone can enjoy. I even have a Grease playlist on my phone. It’s hard to have a bad day or a stressful car ride to/from work when you are listening to “Grease is the Word” or “Summer Lovin.”
Look for the new 40th Anniversary Edition of Grease where ever movies are sold.
Are you a fan of the film? Do you have a favorite song, scene or character? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free screener copy and a fun T-Birds jacket in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.