YMMV / Dirty Dancing

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: 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.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: This little exchange between Johnny and Baby:
    Johnny: "What's your real name, Baby?"
    Baby: "Frances. For the first woman in the Cabinet."
    Johnny: "Frances. That's a real grown up name."
    • Jake admitting to Johnny that he was wrong and reconciling with Baby is on there as well.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Hungry Eyes", "Love is Strange", and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", the latter of which won an Oscar.
  • Ear Worm: Watch this movie once, and try not to hear "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" repeating over and over in your head for hours afterward. "Hungry Eyes" is a close second.
  • Estrogen Brigade: PATRICK FREAKING SWAYZE!!!!!
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: She's seventeen years old. Technically of age, but only barely. Admittedly, Johnny is supposed to be younger than Swayze (35) was at the time, but it's still a bit creepy.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The janky, awkwardly compressed timing of the story. The anachronistic mix of contemporary and modern music. The curious backseating of Penny, who seems like she should have been a much more major character. It all seems like bad writing... until you realize the voiceover from the beginning is a grown-up Frances Houseman recounting her memories, and that the story is how she remembers it, not quite how it actually happened.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
    • On the flip-side, "I carried a watermelon" is frequently up there in "worst lines ever" lists, and often mocked on the internet.
    • This is lampshaded by Baby In-Universe: "I carried a watermelon?"
  • Sequelitis: A mild case; most agree that Havana Nights isn't really that bad as such, just a rather average film with virtually no relation to the first other than a vaguely similar storyline and Patrick Swayze's cameo.
  • Tear Jerker: The scene where Johnny and Baby said their goodbyes as Johnny leaves in his motorcycle, accompanied by the song "She's Like the Wind". It becomes much more of a tearjerker with Swayze's recent death.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: 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.