"Dirty Dancing" is arguably one of the best romance movies in history and it's been 25 years since fans watched Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze dance together across the screen. Scores of women over the years have swooned over Swayze and wished they could dance in Grey's shoes. The famous line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," still makes us all sigh every time we hear it. If you're like me, you've watched this romantic cult classic several times and each time you probably catch a little something extra you didn't notice before. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Dirty Dancing," here are five real life love and romance lessons to learn from the movie.
The "bad boy" isn't always so bad
Johnny Castle is the sexy bad boy who captures Baby's heart (and ours) in "Dirty Dancing," and despite his initial rude demeanor, his rough edges start to smooth out a bit by the end of the movie while he manages to also hold onto his sex appeal. Although many say to stay away from a guy who seems like a bad boy, he may really end up having a sweet center. If you know one who may be worth it, don't invest all your time and feelings into him right away, but get to know him and see what happens.
Parents aren't always right
Dr. Houseman obviously wanted the best for his daughters, but he was clearly wrong when he thought Johnny wasn't good enough for Baby but Robbie was good enough for Lisa. While many parents seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to whether or not their child's new partner is good enough, keep in mind that they're not always 100% right even if they have the best intentions. Use your own judgment to decide if your new guy is good enough for you. You can consider the opinions of your loved ones, but ultimately, it's you and your guy who know your relationship better than anyone else.
Money shouldn't be a factor
Neil Kellerman had money and prestige while Johnny was a dance instructor with not much money to his name. As it turns out, Neil is a pompous jerk who failed to get Baby's attention while Johnny got the girl thanks to some sweetness and determination. When it comes to going for a guy, money shouldn't be a factor. How he treats you means more than his social standing or what he has in his bank account.
Dancing is great for sexual chemistry
Sexual chemistry oozes from numerous couples throughout the movie and I am a firm believer that you can tell a lot about a guy by how he dances with you. How he holds you, looks at you, makes you feel, moves his body with yours and even breathes while dancing with you can be an excellent indicator in how well the two of you mesh. If you want to light a fire on the sexual chemistry with your guy, pull him out on the dance floor. Before long, the two of you may be rushing to get back home.
Grand gestures can change things
Johnny left town, came back, swooped Baby out of the corner and pulled her up on stage so the two of them could dance together. Sure his pride was a bit injured with regards to not having the last dance and he wanted to change that, but lets be honest, he came back for her. By the end of the film, the two were in each other's arms and he was shaking her father's hand. There are many who put off doing a grand gesture for fear it might not work, but if there's a chance it could make things right with the one you love, it's certainly worth the risk.
What are your favorite moments from the iconic "Dirty Dancing" flick?
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