The Movie: Dirty Dancing, 1987 (Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter; Emile Ardolino, dir.)
Who says it: Patrick Swayze as Catskills dance instructor Johnny Castle
The context: At the end of the movie, Baby (Jennifer Gray) is back in the corner, sitting with her family, rather than dancing out front where she should be.
How to use it: To assert yourself, or defend someone else.
I'm surprised by how many great movie lines come from mediocre movies -- and I know I'm getting myself in trouble here, because some of my friends will die insisting that Dirty Dancing is the greatest movie ever. I can't watch it; all the actors seem so self-conscious. It's as if they're high schoolers performing a play they wrote themselves based on their real lives, so it's really, really serious and meaningful.
All the same, Dirty Dancing is a quintessential summer movie, and the soundtrack is excellent, except for the modern songs.
And here in Washington, it is summer. At least three people yesterday told me, "We've had the most wonderful spring this year." (Meanwhile, the Weatherpixie says it's still raining in Gardiner. I feel like a prison escapee.) Washington was gorgeous yesterday, and Annapolis, where I spent the late afternoon, was even more beautiful. Downright magical, in fact.
This morning I am off to sit in traffic on 95 South for a few hours. Sometime before nightfall, I might get to Virginia Beach.