History Headscratchers / DirtyDancing

6th Apr '16 7:47:30 PM lorgskyegon
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** In addition, abortion was illegal in New York until 1970. Given that they had to have it done quickly and had no real way to travel because of time constraints, they couldn't try and go somewhere else.
15th Jan '15 6:49:44 AM FlameFeathers
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*** Why? Baby's father would have seen Johnny and Penny around the resort and most people, including Baby, assume they're dating just from watching them dance. Not to mention Johnny says that he's responsible for Penny; what he means is, he's the one who cares about her, like a brother, but Baby's dad meant "who's responsible for this woman's condition". He may have even believed that Johnny obligated Penny to get a back-alley abortion. To top it all off, this is the guy who's having sex with his underage daughter. Keeping in mind the film's classism theme, it makes sense he wouldn't like Johnny from the offset.
15th Jan '15 6:43:51 AM FlameFeathers
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** In response to the question, I think everyone (including Baby) thought the guy they hired was a real doctor. It isn't until after he leaves that Johnny and Baby find out from Penny and the other guy that the "doctor" had a dirty knife and a folding table.

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** In response to the question, I think everyone (including Baby) thought the guy they hired was a real doctor. It isn't until after he leaves that Johnny and Baby find out from Penny and the other guy Billy that the "doctor" had a dirty knife and a folding table.
25th Jan '14 10:24:15 AM GaidinBDJ
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** If they had had been doing so at local resorts, they'd have the fingerprint locally and could have just compared them then. After that they could have established their identifies and found out there were warrants out in other states (by phoning the FBI, who used to hold information about multiple-jurisdiction crimes before III existed). It's been a while since I've seen the movie, but if they were fingerprinting glasses, they probably were given a lead, not just fingerprinting random glasses.
14th Jan '14 7:18:40 AM shamblingdead
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* It's Sunday morning, Labour Day weekend no less, when Baby makes her big revelation, which makes it early Sunday afternoon when Johnny finds her and gives her the news. How did they get the water glasses fingerprinted, sent to the FBI (to find out the culprits are wanted in three states), and get the results back so quick? Remember, this takes place in 1963, so there were no fax machines or electronic scanning devices. And seniors' fingerprints are harder to detect.
28th May '12 11:03:52 PM glickmam
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** Don't forget that for a big portion of the movie, part of the drama between Johnny and Baby is because she thinks Penny is pregnant from Johnny and most of the time, Baby's dad thinks the same thing. Getting rid of the abortion detail in the movie would make a lot of the conflict disappear along with the ability for Baby's dad to apologize in the end with his line, "When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong" or whatever it was. This way, they can spend most of the movie looking down their noses at Johnny and then realize he's a decent person despite his position in society.

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** Don't forget that for a big portion of the movie, part of the drama between Johnny and Baby is because she thinks Penny is pregnant from Johnny and most of the time, Baby's dad thinks the same thing. Getting rid of the abortion detail in the movie would make a lot of the conflict disappear along with the ability for Baby's dad to apologize in the end with his line, "When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong" or whatever it was. This way, they can spend most of the movie looking down their noses at Johnny and then realize he's a decent person despite his position in society. society.
*** Unfortunately, in my opinion, it just makes Baby's father seem dumb, stupid, and just in general, devoid of logic.
15th May '12 7:43:58 AM Azzizzi
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** In response to the question, I think everyone (including Baby) thought the guy they hired was a real doctor. It isn't until after he leaves that Johnny and Baby find out from Penny and the other guy that the "doctor" had a dirty knife and a folding table.


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** Don't forget that for a big portion of the movie, part of the drama between Johnny and Baby is because she thinks Penny is pregnant from Johnny and most of the time, Baby's dad thinks the same thing. Getting rid of the abortion detail in the movie would make a lot of the conflict disappear along with the ability for Baby's dad to apologize in the end with his line, "When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong" or whatever it was. This way, they can spend most of the movie looking down their noses at Johnny and then realize he's a decent person despite his position in society.
17th Apr '12 3:50:16 PM MissAnthrope
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** It's a moral choice that the rich and sheltered Baby would normally never have ever had to be confronted with. The whole point of Baby's character arc is her moral choices, and her steadfast belief in doing the right thing no matter what the cost. Penny had no other choice, Baby recognized that, so she risked alienating her relationship with her father to help someone who had no other options. If it had been something as "simple" as a ruptured appendix, Baby's sacrifice of her time and money would not have been so profound. Also, the subplot an illustration of another theme in the movie, which is class distinctions. Penny is poor, has little to no education, no familial ties, few friends in the world, a crappy job, believed Robbie loved her, etc. The awful thing about unintended pregnancies is that they disproportionately happen to women like Penny - women who have been dealt a bad hand in life. Compare her life to Baby's, and see why the plot required such a difficult situation and moral choice, and why a more simple illness would have lessened the impact of the plot.

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** It's a moral choice that the rich and sheltered Baby would normally never have ever had to be confronted with. The whole point of Baby's character arc is her moral choices, and her steadfast belief in doing the right thing no matter what the cost. Penny had no other choice, Baby recognized that, so she risked alienating her relationship with her father to help someone who had no other options. If it had been something as "simple" as a ruptured appendix, Baby's sacrifice of her time and money would not have been so profound. Also, the subplot is an illustration of another theme in the movie, which is class distinctions. Penny is poor, has little to no education, no familial ties, few friends in the world, a crappy job, believed Robbie loved her, etc. The awful thing about unintended pregnancies is that they disproportionately happen to women like Penny - women who have been dealt a bad hand in life. Compare her life to Baby's, and see why the plot required such a difficult situation and moral choice, and why a more simple illness would have lessened the impact of the plot.
17th Apr '12 3:49:07 PM MissAnthrope
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** It's a moral choice that the rich and sheltered Baby would normally never have ever had to be confronted with. The whole point of Baby's character arc is her moral choices, and her steadfast belief in doing the right thing no matter what the cost. Penny had no other choice, Baby recognized that, so she risked alienating her relationship with her father to help someone who had no other options. If it had been something as "simple" as a ruptured appendix, Baby's sacrifice of her time and money would not have been so profound. Also, the subplot an illustration of another theme in the movie, which is class distinctions. Penny is poor, has little to no education, no familial ties, few friends in the world, a crappy job, believed Robbie loved her, etc. The awful thing about unintended pregnancies is that they disproportionately happen to women like Penny - women who have been dealt a bad hand in life. Compare her life to Baby's, and see why the plot required such a difficult situation and moral choice, and why a more simple illness would have lessened the impact of the plot.
27th Aug '11 11:09:45 PM glickmam
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*** Well, they could have had Dr. Houseman solely object on the grounds that Johnny is poor.
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