* 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 and is #86 on AFI' s "Songs" list.
* 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''.
* EstrogenBrigade: '''PATRICK FREAKING SWAYZEE!!!!!'''
* FridgeBrilliance: 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.
* MemeticMutation: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
** AFI' s #98 choice for "Quotes".
** On the flip-side, "I carried a watermelon" is frequently up there in "worst lines ever" lists, and often mocked on the internet.
* NarmCharm: See MemeticMutation.
* {{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.
* 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.
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