We Need to Talk About the Ending of Dirty Dancing

TeePublic via Vestron Pictures
(I am not affiliated with this company but I like it and here’s where you can buy it)
Chungkong via Vestron Pictures,
(I am not affiliated with Chungkong but I like their style and here’s where you can
buy it)
Starstills via Vestron Pictures
(Again, not affiliated, but you can buy this literal photograph here)
  1. Why?
  2. In the universe of the film, it’s impossible for anyone to have heard of this song before, so Johnny Castle is playing a brand new song as his final number. Strictly from a performance standpoint, that’s some…risky business.
  3. Where did Johnny Castle get this song? And he has a vinyl record of it? We’ve seen where he lives. He doesn’t have a record player or records. But he has this one vinyl that no one has ever heard? And it contains musical instruments from the future???
  4. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” does not in any way sound like the 60’s. There are 80’s songs, and even 2022 songs, that replicate 60’s R&B and Doo Wop. Meghan Trainer made her whole career on it. “Time of My Life” in no single, solitary way, sounds like any song from the 1960s. THE SONG IS FULL OF SYNTHS. It is full of instruments that won’t exist for 20 years.
  5. The crowd would be losing their fucking minds by this point. What are these instruments we’re hearing? THIS IS BEFORE THE BEATLES. For real, The Beatles “started” in America with their performance on the Ed Sullivan show…in February 1964. The crowd at this function barely knows what Rock ‘n Roll is and suddenly their listening to 5th generation synth rock pop?
  6. It completely takes the viewer out of the movie. It’s hilarious. It’s insane in a way I knew but didn’t know the 80’s could be, ya know?




A blog giving high-end takes on the low, low art of pop culture. All with a wink and a nod. From Jordan Mark Sandvig

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Dunkirk — A master class in the art of ‘show it, don’t say it’

Why the Fuck Should I Watch: CARRIE (1976)?

I KILL GIANTS, And You Should, Too

Avengers: Endgame— The Most Epic Movie Experience Ever

At the Movies with Alan Gekko

On Indiana Jones and a 1951 comic book that did race and gender better

Secret Affair: Why One Man Killed His Best Friend

Red Scare podcast host Dasha Nekrasova on how she was consumed by the Jeffery Epstein saga

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
The Hiigh Low

The Hiigh Low

A blog giving high-end takes on the low, low art of pop culture. All with a wink and a nod. From Jordan Mark Sandvig

More from Medium

What about those blunders that wreak havoc on your psyche?

Supernatural Fan Guide To Coping With Fandom Discourse

Multipurpose Patches: Making Space Work : HotPatch

sofa in a terraced house to rent for photo shoots

Trust 3.0