Aug 16, 2013
Staying Alive (1983) (part 1 of 6)
The Cast of Characters:
Tony Manero (John Travolta). A cocky, obnoxious asshole, John Travolta reprises his character from Saturday Night Fever. Pretty much a perfect storm of repulsive here, despite the depth he had in the original. Just to put things in perspective, at one point his character gets dumped for Frank Stallone.
Jackie (Cynthia Rhodes). Tony’s long-suffering sort-of girlfriend who’s also a dancer and singer. Puts up with Tony way past the point where most people would have just clubbed him to death with a shovel. The most likable character in the movie, even if she is mind-bogglingly spineless.
Laura (Finola Hughes). Wealthy British dancer who’s just as unpleasant and unlikable as Tony. I’d call her an ice queen, but that really doesn’t even begin to describe how amazingly off-putting this character is.
The Bee Gees. No, they don’t appear in the movie, but they did do most of the soundtrack, and their songs are omnipresent. For an hour and 36 minutes. I repeat, one hour and thirty-six minutes of the Bee Gees.
John Travolta’s Crotch. Believe me, there are enough close-ups of Mr. Travolta’s package that it almost becomes a character in and of itself.