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Footloose (1984)

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56

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 16

There's not much dancing, but what's there is great. The rest of the time, Footloose is a nice hunk of trashy teenage cheese.

60

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

There's not much dancing, but what's there is great. The rest of the time, Footloose is a nice hunk of trashy teenage cheese.

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Movie Info

In this lively adolescent-oriented musical, a city kid attempts to adapt to life in an ultra-conservative backwater Midwestern town. Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

PG,

Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts

Dean Pitchford

Oct 8, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (16) | DVD (36)

Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part.

February 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Herbert Ross directed this odd but reasonably effective blend of rock music and didactic melodrama.

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A cynical and manipulative exercise with little feel for the teen culture it purports to celebrate.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously. It wants to fill the screen with catchy music and pretty kids, and this it certainly accomplishes.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It dates itself in the best possible way for a little throwback kick.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

It's watchable only because the energetic cast does wonders with the banal story.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For such an iconic dance movie, Footloose is an odd bird of a movie with surprisingly little dancing.

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

reignited the youth genre with the dynamics of music video aesthetics and has remained a cultural touchstone ever since

October 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A dated rebellion tale.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Footloose wasn't exactly a critical fave, but it didn't try to be hip and it had a relatively light touch, with recognizable human beings on the screen.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The movie features some good dancing -- not nearly enough, however -- and a fine, understated performance by Lithgow in a role that might easily lend itself to caricature.

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An 80s milestone, for better or for worse... and a key link to any game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

September 2, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

A lively and entertaining youth drama about the coming of change in a repressive small town.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

OK teen flick that time has treated kindly.

August 2, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Only the most cynical would never admit to tapping their toes to Loggins' title track.

March 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

I know it's a classic, but I wanted more dancing. Great hair though.

July 14, 2003
About.com

One could take it as a quaint little throwback, if the movie weren't so tedious.

June 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The kids fight for their right to party in this hokey song-and-dance story.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A '50s B-movie very awkwardly translated to the '80s.

February 6, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Footloose

Sure it makes not much sense that the teenagers of this small town that has outlawed dancing for five years could all dance so well, yet this is an enjoyable film with a great soundtrack, while Lithgow's character is shown as more complex than your typical zealot antagonist.
June 15, 2014
blacksheepboy

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That rare brand of teen 80's movie that I don't especially like. Not sure why, I love the 80's, but this one never did anything for me...
January 1, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

All he wanted to do was dance.

Excellent! One of the best 80's films ever made.. "Footloose" is a fun and very lighthearted motion picture that promises a good time and delivers. A film of enormous charm. It's about dancing but unlike many films about dancing it doesn't take itself seriously. It's loose-limbed and goofy and it lifts you up. I would highly recommend this film, it's a fun one to watch. Kevin Bacon is totally cool and a must see for Footloose.

Classic tale of teen rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances. When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal. There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend. and a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople. Fast-paced drama is filled with such now-famous hit songs as the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy."
May 10, 2012
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    1. Ren McCormack: Where, in concert?
    2. Willard: No, behind you.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Ren McCormack: You like Men at Work?
    2. Willard: Which man?
    3. Ren McCormack: Men at work.
    4. Willard: Well, where do they work?
    5. Ren McCormack: No, they don't, they're a music group.
    6. Willard: Well, what do they call themselves?
    7. Ren McCormack: Oh, no! What about the Police?
    8. Willard: What about 'em?
    9. Ren McCormack: You've ever heard them.
    10. Willard: No, but I've seen them.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Rev. Shaw Moore: If our Lord wasn't testing us, how would you account for the proliferation, these days, of this obscene rock and roll music, with its gospel of easy sexuality and relaxed morality?
    – Submitted by Folashade K (14 months ago)
    1. Ren McCormack: Up on the roof, oh yeah. 100 proof, oh yeah. I'm feelin' fine, oh yeah. Drink cherry wine, oh yeah.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (14 months ago)
    1. Rev. Shaw Moore: Even if this was not a law, which it is, I'm afraid I would have a lot of difficulty endorsing an enterprise which is as fraught with genuine peril as I believe this one to be. Besides the liquor and the drugs which always seem to accompany such an event the thing that distresses me even more, Ren, is the spiritual corruption that can be involved. These dances and this kind of music can be destructive, and, uh, Ren, I'm afraid you're going to find most of the people in our community are gonna agree with me on this.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (14 months ago)
    1. Ren McCormack: What are you doing here?
    2. Ariel: Watchin'.
    3. Ren McCormack: I thought I was alone.
    4. Ariel: Not in this town. There's eyes everywhere.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (14 months ago)
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