SYNPOSIS: Grease is a nostalgic and affectionate look back at America at the dawn of the sixties, as the senior class of ’59 at Rydell High enjoys their senior year. As Danny and Sandy become a couple, the Pink Ladies and Burger Palace Boys hang out at the local burger joint, talking about cars, each other and the upcoming dance.
LANGUAGE: There is some vulgar language, but it’s 1959, and most of the language is pretty tame. The Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies think of themselves as tough, but their language is fairly innocuous by current standards. Specifically, the language includes “crap,” “broads (slang for women), “son-of-a bitch,” “knockers,” “Jap,” “Polack,” “jugs,” “for Christ’s sake,” “bastard,” “frigging,” “Jesus,” “damned,” and “knocked up.”
SMOKING/DRINKING: For all their tough talk, the characters are mostly innocents. The Pink Ladies throw a slumber party and drink cheap wine, which makes Sandy sick. Most of the boys will have a pack of cigarettes rolled up their sleeves, but few will actually smoke.
SEX: Talked about, but not enacted. Rizzo thinks she may be pregnant, which turns out to be a false alarm.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? The stage version of Grease is somewhat different from the movie version, although the tone of the two is very similar—nostalgic and sentimental. Grease is likely suitable for all general audiences, including children aged ten and older. Younger children should attend at a parent’s discretion.
RATING: The movie version of Grease was rated “PG-13.”