Footloose (1984)

Ⓒ Paramount Pictures
Ⓒ Paramount Pictures

Director: Herbert Ross Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Penn

Teenager Ren (Bacon) moves from the city to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned due to tragic past accident. As the senior prom is approaching, the teenagers led by Ren campaign to get music back, while at the same time bring back an element of fun to a stiff and repressive town.

One of the classics from 1980s cinema, Footloose combines a great soundtrack, an easy-going plot, fun clichés, and Kevin Bacon. It’s not cinematic genius for sure, but it has the correct balance of plot highs and lows, which keeps the audience entertained even if it’s obvious that it will have a happy ending. The scene when Kevin Bacon dances out his frustration in the warehouse is an absolute classic, not because it’s Oscar-winning but because it’s made Kevin Bacon a proper legend. I did find Ren’s love interest, Ariel, irritating beyond belief, but to be honest although she’s one of the main characters I didn’t find that the plot actually spends too much time lingering on her non-issues. The film is now over 30 years old so obviously the fashion and music choices are now fairly old, but for me it’s more a case of it being “classic” rather than dated.

The plot isn’t complex but it kept my attention throughout, so I’d say Footloose is a good option for lightweight, family viewing. All round, an easy-to-watch, amusing, and enjoyable movie.

4 stars

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