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." It 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.
    • During the ending Neil can be seen cheerfully dancing with Mrs. Houseman. He may be stuck up and a bit of a jerk, but he doesn't seem to harbor any hard feelings over Baby being with Johnny.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: PATRICK FREAKING SWAYZE!!!!!
    • Colt Pratt's abs in the 2017 remake are almost a character on their own.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: She's seventeen years old. Technically of age, as the age of consent in New York is 17, but only barely. Admittedly, Johnny is supposed to be younger than Patrick Swayze (35) was at the time, but it's still a bit creepy.
  • 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?"
  • Narm: A huge chunk of the remake. In particular, Baby's parents gasping in astonishment, "Did you know she could do that?" at Baby's rather unremarkable dance moves.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Jake is Briscoe and Lumiere.
    • Marge is Emily.
    • Penny is Tina Tech.
    • Newman is the resort's social director.
    • Choreographer Kenny Ortega previously choreographed St. Elmo's Fire and later went on to direct and choreograph Newsies and High School Musical, while his assistant choreographer, Miranda Garrisonnote , later went on to choreograph Selena, Baseketball, and Caroline in the City.
    • Director Emile Ardolino later went on to direct Sister Act.
    • Music supervisor Michael Lloyd simultaneously worked as music producer for Kidsongs note .
    • As far as Havana Nights is concerned, the main character's father and older sister are Roger Sterling and Betty Draper respectively.
    • The original script of the sequel, Havana Nights, was written by none other than Peter Sagal. note 
  • 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.
    • Played completely straight with the remake, with numerous critics and viewers blasting it.
  • Signature Song: You can pretty much copy-paste what we wrote for Ear Worm here.
  • 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 death.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Simply put, the ABC remake made a lot of changes that didn't sit well with the original's fans, but the Framing Device makes an especially questionable addition. The ending dashes viewers' hopes of Baby and Johnny staying together forever, by revealing that by 1975, Baby married another man, had a child, and wrote an autobiographical romance novel, which Johnny helped turn into a Broadway musical. For disappointed viewers who also notice similarities to La La Land, this might also fall under They Copied It, So It Sucks!.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One of the more interesting elements of the remake is Lisa's budding romance with Marco, son of Tito the bandleader, in a time when interracial relationships were forbidden (and marriage illegal). Likewise, the examinations of class and race from the original film are missing from the remake, despite giving Penny a Race Lift.
  • 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.