Rarely have I seen RT reviewers' numbers as low as 7%, however, 52% of audiences liked it. Box Office Mojo showed that DG was #4 last week and #7 this weekend. Sure, the film was scurrilous, over the top filthy with creative penis depictions, and everything being so so predictable. I could have improved the script by totally re-doing the first 15 minutes to better describe how terrible the father/grandpa was...but for almost a good reason.
The original with John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy in 1978 (RT: 78%/88%), including Frankie Avalon and Sha-Na-Na, portrayed a Chicago region high school in 1959. Travolta was huge during that period, for the R-rated Saturday Night Fever (RT: 88%/71%) was released in 1977 and G-version played in 1979. How many of you remember Grease 2 (RT: 32%/53%)? Yes, two years later (1961) at the same high school, released in 1982, no Danny and Sandy, but with Michelle Pfeiffer as a 23-year old leader of the Pink Ladies with Lorna Luft, Tab Hunter and Connie Stevens, plus reprising roles, Didi Conn (who returned in TV LIVE), Eve Arden and Sid Caesar. Unfortunately, we all grow up, and here are Olivia Newton-John (66, and currently entertaining at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas) and Didi Conn (64) today: