It is a shame that this is still, to some, ghettoized as a “disco exploitation film” or, worse, as kitsch. Forget the music, the shoes, the hair, the dancing – it is a fabulous fucking coming-of-age tale, told with elegance and candor.
We all know that John Travolta is an enormous douche but he’s terrific here. The chick who played Stephanie, though, is what really took me for a loop this time. Her performance is shockingly good. Hers is such a unique character and there is a tremendous amount of nuance in the way she plays it. The accent doesn’t hurt either.
I respect any movie that treats topics of virginity or religion as serious subtexts – these are important issues to most people and they get steamrolled over by plot machinations in lesser films.
The Blu-ray transfer looks gorgeous and the music, yes, ain’t to shabby either. Fabulous stuff.