A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. The film is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma.
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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...
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.
Sometimes you just have to dance even if you're not allowed to. Whilst I quite enjoyed the lively 80s soundtrack I found the story itself to be a bit flat, predictable, and boring. There could have been a better ending as well as I felt that it left a couple of loose ends.
Totally love Bacon in this, his awful school boy haircut, his 'too cool for school' attitude, and those UNREASONABLY GOOD MOVES had me in a sweat of excitement throughout. But that girl was too daft for words and I spent most of the film wishing she had got hit by that truck/train. A fun look at the troubles of being young and bored in a small town.
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.