FOOTLOOSE (1984) 

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Kevin Bacon
Lori Singer
John Lithgow
Dianne Wiest
Chris Penn
Sarah Jessica Parker
John Laughlin
Elizabeth Gorcey
Jim Youngs

Herbert Ross




Time: 107 mins.
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical/Romance/Drama

Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

SYNOPSIS: A city boy comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.

BOTTOM LINE: It's really hard to comment on a film that had you been writing at the time of its initial release would have been on your All-Time Top 10 list. Ah, the folly of youth. Many of the films from the 80s don't really stand up to the test of time, but that can be said for most movies regardless of decade. In the case of this "musical" about an outsider who brings dancing back to a small town high school, it holds up better than it should. All due to the sexy and charming performance by Kevin Bacon, which made him a superstar with the ladies. He makes the most of his first starring role, proving that no matter how trite and silly a script can be, he has enough screen presence to make it work.

John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest, playing the parents who are fearful of their children's burgeoning sexuality and what it might lead to, bring stability and dignity to the melodrama. There's a good enough spark between Bacon and Lori Singer to get the job done, but I find her to be more annoying than attractive. It seems to me the only reason she snares Bacon is because of the flashing "I'm easy" sign on her forehead. What high school boy could pass that up? The soundtrack filled with 80s pop is actually still quite catchy and entrancing and one of the main reasons why this film is still enjoyable. FOOTLOOSE could've been a classic if it had more depth and less kitsch. As is stands, it's a modest hit with a decent beat that won't over-tax your brain or heart.

"He's from out of town and don't tell me that doesn't curl your toes because I know it does."

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