Footloose (1984)

 (6,892)6.61 h 47 min1984X-RayPG
A city kid is transplanted to a small town where rock n' roll is regarded as the devil's music. He tries to change the town's attitudes and in the process, wins the heart of the preacher's free- wheeling daughter.
Herbert Ross
Chris PennChristopher PennKevin Bacon
English [CC]
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Lori SingerJohn LithgowDianne WiestChris PennSarah Jessica ParkerJohn LaughlinElizabeth GorceyFrances Lee McCainBrian Wimmer
Lewis RachmilCraig Zadan
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Barbra MadejczykReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic 1980's film shows a time that no longer seems to exist
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"Footloose" is a classic film that belongs in everybody's film library. It really can't be considered a great work of art but it's so engaging and entertaining that it's become one of those movies that appeals to all ages and never gets tiresome, no matter how many times you see it. A town that has made dancing illegal sounds like a totally invented movie situation. In the special features on this edition you learn it's based on a real town that really had that law. Oddly enough, there really isn't a lot of dancing in the film even though the soundtrack pumps out the dance hits one after another. Besides the title track there's the songs "I Need A Hero", "Let's Hear It For the Boy" and "Dancing In The Sheets" to name but a few sprinkled generously throughout the story. Along with the '80's clothes and hairstyles the high school culture depicted in the film no longer seems to exist either. It's more like what earlier generations remember were big problems for adolescents--trying to fit into a new school and community, problems with parents that don't seem to understand what you're going through, the temptations of marijuana and alcohol and troubles with romantic relationships. These coming-of-age difficulties still exist but they have been overshadowed by gun violence. So put this video in your DVR, sit back, and relax and enjoy the way things used to be--when you could go to school, church and work without fear of losing your life. It's nice to remember when. Let's hope we can get together and make that style of American life relevant again.
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Anita A BeckReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Movies Ever!!!!
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Hello??? If you have not seen this movie I would be shocked! I would also urge you to watch it right now! I initially watched this movie while I was living in Sweden in 1985. I loved it, my husband loved it and my kids loved it! It was very entertaining; the story was easy to follow and very interesting, the cast was just excellent in every way possible and the music just rocked! At the time, Sweden did not have 'public television' broadcasting so renting VCR tapes was what we watched in the evening for entertainment (also a lot of board and card games). Not that there was a shortage of movies to rent but Footloose was watched many many times over. Fast forward to today... What is a VCR tape and who is Kenny Loggins? I recently told my ten year old Granddaughter about the movie and one afternoon we decided to watch it. I loved it just as much in 2016 as I did in 1985 and my Granddaughter loved it - she fell in love with Ren and the rest of the cast and she loved the movie - only Kenny Loggins and Footloose for this family!!!
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Francis Booth LynchReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unprecedented cringe
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Movie 1 of 1984 and 111 overall in my journey through films of my lifetime.

"I need to dance, don't you see it? And I'm going to do a dance all over your face!"
                                     - The Jerky Boys (from memory and probably an inaccurate quote)

I'm spending little time on the rediculous premise as I'm sure many reviews have covered it to death.

The old guard vs the new wave, elder wisdom vs youthful lusts, suppression vs expression these are the subjects that are at the heart of "Footloose." They are serious subjects worthy of a serious story. "Footloose's" cringy moments don't do these topics justice.

Speaking of "cringe" can I just take a moment to say, WOW this is one cringy movie! Never in your most vulnerable moments alone, at your most immature state of being have you behaved in a way more embarrassing than the characters in this film. I'm surprised the actor's guild didn't shut this shoot down for embarrassing these actors. Kevin Bacon's first solo dance scene... I have no words! I was turning red from embarrassment watching it. I laughed myself to death at the stunt double's acrobatics I must say. YES, I'll say it now, the level of cringe is so high that it does reach the lofty peaks of being entertaining. Not for the reasons the film makers would have hoped but entertaining it was. I convered my face, I peaked between my fingers, I yelled at the screen, and I laughed and I must admit: it was a good time for all the wrong reasons.

Look at yourself in the mirror. Turn on and watch "Footloose." Look back in the mirror. You see that right there? That's someone that has a whole lot more going for them than any character in this movie. Self esteem: maximum levels! If you ever are tempted to think you have nothing to offer the world remember the characters in "Footloose," you are greater than them by incalculable measures. I'd also add that you are more human than these characters. None of them struggle with internal conflicts or contradictions. The preacher doesn't question his convictions. His daughter doesn't wonder if her dad might be right. Kevin Bacon's character is an outsider who has it all together, even his mistakes make him look good. There is a doofus who's there for juxtaposition but nothing more (to be fair he at least has a shallow arc). Despite external conflicts these are one dimensional losers that you couldn't imitate if you tried, but what's worse is that you wouldn't even want to watch them, and since this is a movie that's what you'll be expected to do. Just to further my point take "The Road Warrior" starring Mel Gibson. The post apocalyptic environment reflects his heart. He has embraced his harsh, unforgiving environment. There is an irony that the world that took his family is all he has left. When the Road Warrior meets a tribe, that's really a family, we feel a conflict. We want him to help but his nature won't allow it. He must help though doesn't he? Doesn't he feel what we feel? The look on Gibson's face at pivotal points says it all. He is stuck with his conformity to the new world and what he knows is right by helping a family that is a remnant of the old, but the old world is what he left behind because there is too much pain there. Let me tell you "Footloose" has no character with a heart as big as Gibson's unnamed character in "The Road Warrior." After years of seeing genius movies like "The Road Warrior" it's so hard to be generous to something as shallow and base as "Footloose."

Someone, I'm thinking probably the writer, thought that the most intense, most coolest thing in the world is the game of Chicken. In the first forty minutes we are treated to our third bout. I use the term "treated" loosely. It didn't take any imagination to figure out that this was what actually caused the death of the teens we hear about.

One does have to wonder if the rise and popularity of MTV was a factor in movies like this. Although I love the music "Footloose" and movies like it come off like extended music videos. If you have read any of this retrospective then it should not surprise you that I personally don't like that at all.

My favorite scene is the one that would have gotten Bacon's character laughed out of any seminary that would have a rudimentary understanding of hermeneutical principles. What am I taking about? I'm talking about the town council where we learn that when the Bible mentions dancing all dancing is valid. Of course the passages brought up were taken out of context or misinterpreted completely. Bacon's character also didn't bother looking up passages about respecting laws and authorities. What was really funny was how the preacher also didn't know about these problems. Yet I'm supposed to believe that he's such a good preacher his congregation would have to "look down on heaven to see it!" I guess this is a "Seeker Sensitive" town, just with a little attitude and a lot of ignorance. This scene is philosophically so poorly thought out that it makes defending laws against dancing easy! Guys: LAWS AGAINST DANCING is what we are talking about and the screen writers are reduced to straw man arguments and bad interpretations of holy texts?! Really?!

Finally I'll add two things to this review. First a remake of "Footloose" written and directed by John Waters could have actually been very funny. Second, if I were going to try to put lipstick on a pig and interpret (well, actually "stretch" interpretation would be more like it) this to make it sound good to an unsuspecting victim, as a prank to get them to watch it, I'd tell them this: ""Footloose" is allegory for prohibition America. It's about how authoritarian social structures can't fully suppress the human spirit. While the laws may be unjust the true justice found in the hearts of all humans is in its expression through the arts like music and especially DANCE! Like "The Dear Hunter" and it's games of life and death expressed through "Russian Roulette" so "Footloose" has its own existential manifestation in games of "Chicken." Who will live? Who will die? Who will DANCE?"

-great 80's music
-can be enjoyed ironically
-while I am not remotely entertained by dance if that's your thing there is plenty of that here and it seems to be well choreographed.

- embarrassingly corny
- very stupid story
- plainly predictable
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Leah 💛Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
NEVER watch the blasphemous, craptastic remake...
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I mean... WHY?!? This is the OG!! It’s like going to ‘Machine Gun Kelly’ Colson Baker when you have access to THE Machine Gun Kelly and his Thompson sub. Colson Baker might be newer and shinier and brighter, but he ain’t the OG.

Here’s a few more direct reasons... young Kevin Bacon is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy hotter than young whoyamadoodleit in the remake. And while Julianne Hough is obviously better looking and a better dancer than Lori Singer, that character isn't the main vantage point of the script. It ‘unbalanced’ the remake, IMO. Plus, young SJP (who famously morphed into iconic SJP) is refreshing: It’s nice to know we can all evolve from goofy & gangly & awkward into fashionistas, given the budget - lol.
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Khristine JacksonReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The 1980's .... my teen years !
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Every generation has a motion picture, genre of music and a trend that they attach to when they were teens. Well folks I was a pre teen when this movie came out. I can identify with the small town kids ..Because I was born and raised in the rural south. Religion was and always be key to Southern values. Growing up had there not been musical artist like Micheal Jackson, Prince and Madonna .. God only know what boring existence I would have led. ?? I never saw this movie until the 1990's.. on cable television. The sound track I knew like the back of my head .. The movie has many messages and I will let you interpret them for yourself.. What I do know is that movie like these ..and the music spun a bit of creativity in my life .. That encouraged me to go out and do what I wanted .. To take on the establishment and re-route my destiny. Other than that of what my older sibling's generation, my parents generation and so forth. Musical artist Kenny Loggins has done it again with his involvement with musical soundtracks... His legacy will be one of owning a decade and being associated with some of the greatest musical films and varied block buster's of my very young youth. The dancing in this movie may seem hokey..but every actor was young, gifted and created something about their character. That individually each of us can identify with .. a s a viewer .....
Richard GarrettReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not Hot!
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Believe it or not, I never had a chance to watch this movie on its heydays or later. I saw the video clip of the last dance scene as the official music video of the absolutely super fantastic `Footloose` by Kenny Loggins, and I always thought what a great movie I am missing and it became one of my bucket list items.

Well, now that I watched the film, I feel what a waste of time it was!!! It really doesn't have anything to present other than the last dance scene.
Were we that much stupid in 80's to watch such a shallow movie and really enjoyed it? So good that we passed those days.
S. GalloReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good cheese ball movie from the 80's.
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Footloose is a teenage ball of cheese from the 1980's. It has a message that it delivers to all generations, asking them if music and dance is a source of debauchery and drugs. Can you have dance and music with out being sex driven maniacs? Does religion save? Do adults know every thing? Kevin Bacon and Jon Lithgow star in this movie about a Midwest town which is lead by the religious right, who want to burn books and ban dance and music. There is a great supporting cast and it has a top 20 sound track. While some might find it to be a dated movie, in a sense it is, the movie has stood the test of time for now.

The remake sucked.
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Mark J. HouseReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Glee for Fame!
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A young city man moves to the country and finds that things are MUCH different socially. Loud music, public dancing, and all that "youngin'" stuff that really angers the older, Christian townspeople. Loud music has been outlawed and is grounds for arrest in this small rural town. You guessed it, Kevin's character ain't havin' none o' that! He, against the towns' officials wills, organizes a high school dance anyway. No violence or obscenity but a very good social issue is debated with references to everything from Bible verses to civil rights. This movie addresses very modern laws against loud music in public and teenage behavior in general. Fun yet also VERY relevant and thought-provoking. Music from Kenny Loggins and many more early 80's artists that are still quoted and joked about to this day! VERY FUN MOVIE!
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