After finally seeing Footloose from beginning to end I easily could've gone another 30 years without doing so. Exemplifying everything that was awful about the 80s, Footloose comes off as little more than a dollar-store Rebel Without a Cause (a game of chicken with tractors?) that makes even less sense. As lame as most of the dancing was, it was actually the movie's highlight. That and there's a remake out there...
Not much to the story, really, and too easily resolved, but the cast elevates it beyond the material. And the movie yielded some classic bits; particularly in the montage of Chris Penn learning to dance.
This is a film that doesn't age very well at all, and the choice to remake it for modern audiences is one of the most questionable moves in years. Teens nowadays will question its message and existence. This isn't a horrible film, and I was entertained for decent-sized stretches, but ultimately, it's dated, corny, and confused as a whole. It can't decide what it wants to do or how it wants to approach the issue.
Footloose is a fine example of the nearly characteristic immorality (or maybe just pure thoughtlessness) that is so deeply rooted in Hollywood. Watch the two final scenes; how smoothly the narration switches from a very violent looking fight into merry prom night celebration.