Today, I am excited to hand my blog over to the inimitable Sara Walpert Foster ( the first ever winner of the Wikirandom Writers Challenge and the author of the most blushworthy chapter thus far of “The Octopus Knows“). If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you really really should. You won’t be disappointed. Take it away, Sara!
Laird is not the only blogger fan of bad dance movies.
Do I dare admit that my favorite movie of all time is not only a ridiculous 1980s dance movie but one that has the worst dialogue writing of all time?
Sure, every person who’s ever seen the movie remembers the worst line of all, but not because it sounds like something anybody would say in real life. We remember because we are all pretty pissed off at the Dad for being such a self-righteous, over-protective, insensitive, judgmental prick and we so badly want Johnny to return so he can show the Borscht Belt world that nobody has the right to decide who you are going to love and you have every right to love who you want. (Oops. Went into diatribe mode. I’ll rein it in now.)
Let’s say it all together now: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
But, in truth, my favorite bad line from DIRTY DANCING happens a few minutes after the “Baby in a corner” line. Johnny and Baby are on stage, have just started dancing, and the camera moves over to Baby’s parents’ table. Mom leans over to Dad and says, “I think she gets this from me.”
But I’m a realist, most of the time. And that’s a line I can see myself saying when my kids do something awesome.
As I remind my husband regularly: the bad stuff comes from him and the good stuff all comes from me. He just nods and says, “Of course, honey.”
Love that man. Almost as much as I love Johnny and Baby.
This is so worth the watch: Note best line at 1:17
Thanks for dropping by, Sara!
Do any of you share our love of bad dance movies? I’d love to hear about your favorites!