Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The music is on his side.
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.
A small town is sent into mourning at the unexpected death of one of its cherished community members, but not even this tragedy can stop the demonic Kevin Bacon from preying on its vulnerable and impressionable youths by indoctrinating them into his satanic cult of song and dance.
You can tell this is an old movie because-
(1).Nice guy Eddie isn't fat.
(2).Sarah Jessica Parker looks less like a horse than usual.
(3).Kevin Bacon isn't talking about vajazzle's and 4G.
(4).Dancing involved forward-rolls wearing a cowboy hat.
(5).Lori Singer still had a career.
(6).Dianne Wiest had no Oscars.
It's a guilty pleasure,and you can't deny that John Cougar Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good" isn't a class tune.
"Did you ever get busted for bopping?"
Been busting to re-watch this since Bacon's entrance on Jimmy Fallon.
From the corny truck scene to the joyfully fun final dance, Footloose is pure 80's in the best way possible. It's a time that will never occur again, and for 107 minutes, we are given a brief glimpse into the wonder of that glorious era.
Soundtrack kicks ass, too. So does Bacon. Bacon kicks ass.
Very hard to dislike this film. Pastor John Lithgow runs his small town with an iron fist, and music, subversive literature and especially dancing are all big no-no's. Enter city boy Kevin Bacon, who says fuck you Lithgow, I wanna dance. And dance he does, like a glorious gazelle, through 3 montages set to the music of Kenny Loggins. He even teaches an anorexic Chris Penn how to cut loose, canoodles with the pastor's daughter and plays tractor chicken. Bloody lad. Very cheesy, laughably bad but so much fun. Can't believe its taken me this long to see this. I want to dance though a warehouse with Bacon.
This is the legend of Footloose. In it, a great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that dancing, well... it's the greatest thing there is.
#3 in my 80's Week marathon.
A Movie-movie with eyes on being something bigger. It wants to have the fight scenes and the flashy, overdone musical numbers and montages because it's entertainment. But then it wants to be the decade-defining drama about youth problems and generational conflict. Getting in way over its head, and then bouncing around from hard serve to soft serve. A lot. The general consensus has pretty much spoken and rendered this a guiltless guilty pleasure; few people actually hate it. Most ignore it. Which is probably fair. But, time after time, I realized in spite of how scattered it is that it was also too damn well-executed and mostly succeeding for all its trying. No one…
This movie always makes me want to dance.
I wanted to love this film. I wanted to laugh my ass off from all the 80's cheese. But damn, this film takes itself too seriously sometimes. The serious factor is so high, that the film just became boring and un-fun. The dance scenes are all amazing, but there isn't enough of them. The final scene was just amazing in my opinion. I loved it in all of it's 80's glory. All in all, I am severely disappointed with the film. It took itself way too serious for the majority of the almost 2 hour running time. Not really worth a watch. Just watch the final dance scene on youtube. It's fucking great.
The wife had it on and I happened to be in the room. It is a light movie but entertaining enough.
My wife made me watch this a few years ago and it's fantastic. I'm forever thankful to her.
A tale of one man who rises up against totalitarianism, bringing a despotic mad man and his regime to its knees.
Or something like that.
It isn't a work of subtlety, and it feels a bit long for how slight it is, but it's okay, and does benefit from having John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest giving their roles much more weight and nuance than you might expect. The soundtrack is stacked with radio staples, and was no doubt the part of the film that made the most money. Talk about synergy!
Basically an average 80s teen drama, but it earns an amazing amount of depth whenever it shifts its focus to John Lithgow, as a well meaning, but overreacting Reverend, who slowly realizes how wrong he was and what a horrible thing he accidentally started. Another nice touch is that Kevin Bacon doesn’t play a stereotypical misunderstood tough guy troublemaker, but just an average guy who really has no intention to get into any trouble. Without Lithgow’s performance and character arc, it would still be a forgettable movie, though.
I find it very strange that my least favorite thing about Footloose - for the most part a film about dancing - was the actual dancing. Whenever the characters get in the mood to dance, or when Kevin Bacon goes nuts in an empty warehouse, it was more hilarious than exhilarating. But I found the core point of the film to be quite effective. Bacon and John Lithgow going at each other was far more civil than I expected it to be, especially since it's clear that beyond moral beliefs, Lithgow does like Bacon's character.
I like the larger ideas in Footloose and the take down or ridiculously overbearing ideological ideas, but placing this idea around dancing seems a bit silly. Footloose is at its best in the second half, when it's dealing with the town moving past fearing chance and taking small steps towards changing for the better.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"The film that defined a generation." As a member of the generation in question, allow me to dispute that statement.
It's hard to imagine a film with lower stakes, other than, of course, Down Periscope, which is the all-time champ. Still, it has Lithgow, who as always brings his A-game, and is the only character who goes through any sort of development in the film.
It's a film about kids who aren't allowed to dance, yet they spend the entire film dancing. In the climactic scene, Ren loses the town council vote to have a prom. They have the prom anyway.
Kept me smiling the whole time, which is the goal with this kind of movie. Kevin Bacon is excellent. Slightly played out general storyline keeps it from getting rated higher, but kept me entertained. The best scene is definitely when Ren (Kevin Bacon) is teaching Willard (Chris Penn) how to dance. Very funny and very fun scene.
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