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Short plot summary

Boy meets girl on romantically lit, orchestra-accompanied flashback to beach-summer holiday... but when they get back to school, Danny tells everyone she's a hot chick, she tells her friends he is a 'gentleman'. Oops.. Then they meet...

Sandra is a nook (we think this is 1950's Australian speak for an innocent, but can't be sure) so she decides to have a bad girl makeover to get her man (and thus sewing the seeds for daytime makeover shows well into the next millennium.)

What our panel of critics thought

"Oh, for those wonderfully innocent High School slumber parties that I am still technically prevented from watching in my binoculars by that annoying court order."

"Oh, back to a time when the term hand jive sounded like innocent fun for all the family."

"Yea for a production so innocent, so filled to the brim with top chart music of the 1970's. Indeed, it is almost a complete soundtrack of a typical retro-1970's reunion school disco, but there's not a Bee Gee in sight. Wonderful!"

"Is this the first all-of-the-family movie to deal with split condoms and blond wig-wearing without the blond jokes? Oh, such wonderfully innocent times."

"John Travolta confused a whole generation of boys who, after this movie, believed they could wear white socks with black trousers and shoes with impunity. Apart from that he was the coolest of cats, if a little skinny."

"Some of the cleanest motor mechanics in Hollywood history."

"Sid Caesar, as the coach, had such perfect lips to blow on that whistle so. A triumph!"

Please tell me the ending

Danny eventually accepts that she is 'the one that he wants' and they go off together into the sunset dancing and a singing.

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

A must see, if only as an excuse to sing-a-long to a musical in the cinema.

One of those pop-musicals that is today part of pop culture.

A sweet, chewy, bubbly-gum movie peppered with moments of the mildest of satirical comment on youth: Wunderbarr! Yes, I remember those High School dances well. Just like from my own recollections, a combination of hand jiving and professional wrestling - without the ladders and buckets!

Quotable quotes (real)

"That's my name don't wear it out."

"You're the one that I want oooo oooo oooo."

"Is that all it takes, 15 minutes?"

Other comments
Olivia Newton John and John Travolta could not have been more perfectly cast.
Date of review

September 26, 2002

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