* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: When the film was screened for Aaron Russo, a producer at Vestron Pictures, his reaction to the film was "Burn the negative and collect the insurance.". ''Dirty Dancing'' became one of the highest-grossing films of 1987.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: ''Hungry Eyes,'' ''Love is Strange,'' and ''Time of My Life,'' the latter of which won an Oscar.
* EarWorm: Watch this movie once, and try ''not'' to hear "Time of My Life" repeating over and over in your head for hours afterward.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: She's ''seventeen years old''.
* MemeticMutation: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
* NarmCharm: See MemeticMutation.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: From the second time Baby visits the staff quarters, her clothes become more revealing as the film progresses, coinciding with her developing sexuality. Then they revert to plain and frumpy when she tries to talk to her father after he learns of her and Johnny's relationship.
** Her very name (or nickname rather), representing her naivete and innocence.