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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

omg: ‘Grease’ sing-a-long opens today in select U.S. cities

Oh wow! When Grease was rereleased back in 1998 it was such a blast to see this movie in a theater with a big crowd of totally amped-up fans: everyone knew the movie by heart and everyone sang along out loud and had a blast. And all without any prompting from the screen. Which is what you will get in the official Grease Sing-A-Long opening today in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Ocala, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, and San Francisco. (See the official site to demand showings in your town.) That is, you’ll get pretty popup lyrics bouncing along at the bottom of the screen, in case you don’t have the words down by heart:

And if you do have the film memorized and the lyrics down by heart, something might look a little fishy in that trailer. Two somethings, at a minimum:

The chicks’ll what now?

Hmm, why does it look like Sandy wants to be holding something up to her lips there?

Hopefully these little bits of censorship are for the trailer only, and are not reflected in the film. That would be a shame. I’m sure it’ll still be absolutely as much fun to sing along to expurgated lyrics. This kind of thing remains one of the very few cinematic experiences you simply cannot replicate at home, unless you want to cram 500 total strangers into your living room. Which I don’t recommend.

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