Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Director: John Badham
Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Many bad outfits

Tony Manero (Travolta) is just a young man trying to make the best of his life. He's also a wildman, doing things like eating pizza  folded together and strutting his stuff down random streets carrying paint cans. When he's not telling people to not touch his hair, he's at the 2001 Odyssey, where he is the Lord of the Dance there.  Along the way, he has to fight off a love starved groupie, hang out with his priest brother, tries to make it with a girl even more deluded than he is, and a bridge jumping friend with an afro sure to keep him afloat,
There's dancing, the Bee Gees invade our heads for a lifetime, and...more dancing. There's a story in there too. I promise. 

Six Things I've Learned From Saturday Night Fever

1. Discos hire the most unenthusiastic strippers. I haven't seen this lack of enthusiasm since I saw that stripper dancing at Shoneys. I think that was a stripper. Oh God...

2. Karen Lynn Gorney's character is a flawed one. She knows her life is crap, but she likes to pretend it isn't. She also the second most annoying character in the movie.

3. If you throw yourself at Tony Manero long enough, he'll let his friends take a crack at you in the backseat of a car. What a generous human being!

4. Guys who run dance studios make it with all the ladies. These sexual predators must be one two stop stop stopped!

5. I was sad to see the Priest brother leave. I was hoping he'd stay and become the Disco Priest. A glittery collar...bell bottom robes...a holy afro.  "And on the Sixth Day, He said...' shake shake shake your bootay'"

6. I admit that I love this film. Tony isn't a bad person, he 's just caught between what he loves to do and the realities of his life. He makes mistakes but wants to improve. However, there is Staying Alive. Fuck it, Tony Manero is pure evil!

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