Flashdance (1983) - Drama, Music, Romance

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A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri
Length: 95 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 31 out of 142 found boring (21.83%)

One-line Reviews (70)

It has essentially no story, only a series of setups.

and cable as well as should be on the DVD, it's worth the watch.

Every time it seems I re-watch this movie it gets worse and worse as I recognize how trite and pathetic the cardboard story and dialog is.

Alex ends up having a predictable romance with her boss, Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), who is about twice her age.

The cleverer it gets, the more pretentious it seems, as with 'Beals' final number against the white tile wall.

An exciting movie .

The movie is characterized,just like what I've said in the first paragraph by numerous elements of guilty pleasures that a viewers seeks in an entertaining movie such as romance,teen-age memories,formulaic themes,predictability,interesting characters, great choreographed dance scenes, and sequences in the style of music videos.

Unfortunately the music and dancing weren't very good either, and the movie actually was pretty boring.

So a 6 star rating felt fair because even though this is by means a great movie and should mostly be viewed as a collection of music videos, the dancing and the music makes it an enjoyable depiction of an era gone by and I for one can respect the fact that this became such a monster hit that it defined a whole generation.

Some people say that there is no plot.

Jennifer Beals is very engaging in the movie, Micheal Nouri is creepy and entirely too old for her.

I felt empty as I watched Kyle T.

All in All the movie is very entertaining.

So many funny, and so many dreadful moments that peck at the memory like a relentless chicken: Jennifer Beals dancing frenetically in place to the unbearable "Maniac", removing her bra without removing her sweatshirt, digging her foot into the guys crotch under the table…and the fashion statement – it is one of those rare movies that has a huge impact on fashion.

But too much attention is put on supporting characters and their boring stories.

However she proceeds to audition for the very bored selection committee and gives an electrifying free dance performance that in true fairy story tradition brings the committee to its feet.

Entertaining and fun .

In fact one of the movies great plusses is the development of the folks that surround Alex (the elderly and dear Hanna who encourages her dreams, her problem-possessing friends that serve to enhance Alex's amiable self, the aging club dancer that profoundly affects her at the movie's close, the degenerate rival club owner, and even her homely dog) all of whom are presented in clear-cut (though predictable-which is what is called for) scenes that establish their purpose.

Sure the storyline feels sappy and the dialogue at times is very cliché; I don't want to give any spoilers I rather suggest you watch it before reading others' comments to get a feel of it yourself.

The protagonist is wholly un-compelling.

Actually, I'm being too hard on "Footloose," since it actually had a plot, some interesting characters, and a point-of-view (to say nothing of a POINT), as opposed to the pointless and silly "Flashdance.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

The plot is very thin, clichéd and predictable.

This is an entertaining dance flick with the requisite early 80's soundtrack.

The film has no plot.

Despite some of the negatives it is a passable film, but with a story that's practically non-existent throughout its running time it's a pretty unmemorable film even though it is mildly entertaining at times.

However this film to me is just as entertaining now as when it was first released in 1983.

The final show is always postponed and the fight to stage it and dream to be someone are dredged from a pseudo Cassavetes desperation about life instead of using the snappy cadence of the musical.

The story seems utterly predictable and rather contrived, and the characters are weak.

Indeed) this dull-edged story about an 18-year-old welder-cum-dancer (Can you believe such a preposterous scenario as that?

Weak, unimaginative, thoroughly formulaic directing styles don't help matters either.

There's quite a bit going on in this film and a lot of it is just one giant cliché and it's way too predictable for its own good.

This is probably the worst movie you'll ever have a wonderful time watching.

However, after that, the lack of story began to take its toll and I found the film dragged.

This is basically Rocky if the story has dance scenes for filler, the numerous subplots went nowhere, and the characters weren't appealing.

Throughout the slow paced, dull film, there was a very well received underlying message; try for your dreams or you never know if they will come true.

It is enjoyable as these kind of movies go and it has a great pop/ rock syle soundtrack which includes the hit Irene Cara song What A Feeling.

Well worth watching tho'.

This is easily one of the most uninteresting pieces of nothing ever made.

She does fare better than Michael Nouri, whose character is obnoxious, bland and clichéd, all of those accentuated in Nouri's acting.

Only worth watching to get all the puns people make about the film .

Actually, I'm being too hard on "Footloose," since it actually had a plot, some interesting characters, and a point-of-view (to say nothing of a POINT), as opposed to the pointless and silly "Flashdance.

Flahdance is a very retro, cheesy entertaining film that is at no point boring and never drags, and is also a very clear symbol of the great 1980's and the night club exotic dancing scene of the time.

Worth watching!

Other than that the movie is a waste of time.

Director Adrian Lyne adds some style and flash to the picture but the screenplay is pretty much full of clichés and is way too predictable from start to finish.

The story is vastly overshadowed by the film's style, music and dancing, it is barely existent and what there is pretty dull and preposterous, too often the opposite of feel-good or charming while the sordid-ness also feels over the top.

The side characters (an ice skater/stripper and a cook/racist comedian) are uninteresting, mildly offensive, and a general waste of time.

Inadvertently this gives "Flashdance" a surprising allurement, which came to be deeply influential to future cinema and video-clips, making the movie carry much more weight in filmmaking history then the banality of its story would even deem possible.

Enjoyable drama that helped kick start a new dance craze in the early 80's, "Flashdance" follows the fortunes of welder/night club dancer Alex as she dreams of one day turning professional.

That she was only 18 at the time is mind boggling.

It is a story of energy, of feeling and of life The story seems utterly predictable and rather contrived, and the characters are weak.

Cliché-ridden, cheesy and often tasteless.

It's just a perfect emulation of that period of time, i felt like i was there, totally immersed and ready to go.

Ok i am boring you with my Memory Lane.

Technically Jeanie and Richie are not deceased, but since they failed at their dreams and will never pursue them again, their drab future in their insignificant lives in blue-collar Pittsburgh is a metaphor for death.

While in the original version, Alex seems to be a candid 18 year old girl trying to find her dream, in Spanish her voice makes her look like a much older and experienced woman with an empty life.

What makes a good film for me is that it is enjoyable, entertaining, gripping, likable and emotional.

It may not be deep or significant, but it is an enjoyable, well-made piece of popular entertainment.

After six weeks, she was bored to tears, and quit, going back to teaching crowded classes.

All in all, Flashdance despite its few undeniable faults is a very decent and enjoyable film in my opinion.

A materialism about the difficulties but when it comes to the last release, the dance audition, we go back to the snappy, idealized Hollywood dance we expected all along.

This film introduced me to the worst cliché of all time, Slapping People Twice.

Another user compared it to Saturday Night Fever with the genders swapped but that is just unfair, Flashdance has no plot to speak of and, when it does try to act events and depth to the characters it just doesn't work.

You can probably guess the rest of the movie yourself, thats how predictable and "seen-before" it is.

The story is trite - a female welder in a steelworks dreams of being a ballet dancer and practices her dancing in one of the local bars at night.

Also,she is very engaging as we do care for her character to succeed in her aspirations as a dancer.

What I didn't care about was the rather hockey love story with her boss, the predictable relationship with the elderly woman and the preaching to her friend subplot.

I also thought that the film could be a bit more entertaining.

As it turns out, I found it to be a surprisingly charming, entertaining and uplifting film.