Can't Stop the Music (1980)




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Glitz producer Allan Carr tries to cash in on the late-'70s disco boom with Can't Stop the Music -- a film of such Brobdingnagian banality that it almost in itself stopped the disco movement cold. Comedienne Nancy Walker directed this musical chronicle, purporting to relate the legend of the formation of the disco group The Village People. Valerie Perrine is Samantha Simpson, a helpful ex-model who attempts to get her roommate, Jack Morrell's (Steve Guttenberg), songwriting career off the ground … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Bronte Woodard, Allan Carr
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
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as Samantha Simpson

as Ron White

as Jack Morell

as Sydney Channing

as Policeman

as Leatherman

as Construction Worker

as Leatherman

as Steve Waits

as Helen Morell

as Norma White

as Alicia Edwards

as Lulu Brecht

as Richard Montgomery

as Benny Murray

as Claudia Walters

as Record Store Manager

as Bread Woman

as Stickup Lady

as Law Office Reception...
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Critic Reviews for Can't Stop the Music

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

The Village People, along with ex-Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, have a long way to go in the acting stakes.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
Top Critic

A wretchedly sub-standard score from Jacques Morali and production numbers of exceptional tackiness round things off.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The unevenness of the acting comes as a kind of blessing, though, since the rest of the movie is so thoroughly homogenized.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Please DO stop the music! A '70s disco holdover.

February 19, 2008

This botched affair... goes absolutely nowhere and failed to cause much of a stir with moviegoers who, by the time of its release, were jumping on the disco backlash bandwagon.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's tough to believe any movie that opens with Steve Guttenberg dancing on rollerskates could actually get worse from there, but it does -- and in such spectacular fashion!

July 18, 2006
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Can't Stop the Music


A fun, cheesy, musical about the Village People! Whether or not you like the band, if you like fun 80s movies that are a little cheesy, you'll enjoy this movie like I did. Of course, it could be a little better, but it's pretty good.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Mindnumbingly awful, a LOT of terrible acting, particularly Bruce Jenner, and laugh out loud ridiculous musical numbers but still hypnotic in its hopeless crassness and late 70's-early 80's excess.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Cheesy-as-heck. Not much man-loving goes on. It's mostly a song and dance extravangaza in the 70's style, so don't fear kiddies. Not campy enough to warrant a re-watch.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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