Footloose (1984) - Drama, Music, Romance

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A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 13 out of 126 found boring (10.31%)

One-line Reviews (62)

This is just a really entertaining movie with an exceptional soundtrack of songs made for the move with no less than six top 40 hits, like the title track by Kenny Loggins and "Holding Out for a Hero" performed by Bonnie Tyler, plus a couple of other significant ditties, e.

Footloose is an entertaining 80's film.

Lithgow is his typical entertaining self and it's nice seeing Wiest even though her role is terribly underwritten.

), fizzed out jokes interspersed with expletives just to sound cool (Saturday Night Fever), appearing buffoonish in front of equally ludicrous looking peers, eve-teasing (and lots of it), remonstrating established principles of the society, no matter how moral or otherwise, and the most hide-your-face-cos-its-unwatchable part is the tight-fitting, zip-ripping trousers worn by both sexes that could suffocate a human body.

What's worse,the ending was simply contrived and manipulated as the Reverend accepted rock and roll without any convincing reason whatsoever.

The movie is laborious mostly, only mildly (and embarrassingly) entertaining in some sequences.

Whilst "Footloose" is certainly no masterpiece, it succeeds in being a lighthearted knockabout caper, and as such is a very enjoyable movie.

this is a fun, enjoyable film without driving anything into the ground or home too hard.

In comparing Flashdance and Footloose, I'd say that Flashdance is more entertaining and believable.

The soundtrack provides excellent support with Pop/Rock, R & B, and slow ballads.

The Reverend's daughter can be sweet and sincere, but she's not the brightest bulb because she does the impossible and stands on the edge of two cars while a semi comes closer and closer.

Overall, this movie conformed to how I thought it would turn out: it was completely silly, but fun and an entertaining waste of a day off from school.

Lori Singer's character is rather intriguing and her progression throughout the film is possibly the best thing about this film, despite Kevin Bacon obviously getting all the credit as the main character, Ren.

The only excessively silly scene is Ren's gymnastic routine in an empty flour mill, which made me laugh my butt off at how stupid it was.

Sometimes the unexpected is good: not here.

Sure, the plot is a tad formulaic.

Even repetitive hand gestures in a similar manner- all add to a sense of naturalism.

The cast do a good job but the story is rather bland.

At least the movie has a few sub-plots, but none of them is interesting or gets your attention, they are all cliché and predictable.

It really is a crummy movie, but oddly engaging...

All in all, not a masterpiece, but definitely an enjoyable movie.

I liked the performance of John Lithgow as Rev. Shaw Moore, the iron-handed preacher with his rousing God-fearing speeches on morality.

And it was exciting to see Sarah Jessica Parker.

It was tedious.

Contrived teen film from the mid-80's which was fairly obviously aimed at the rebellious nature of so many of today's young people.

Dean Pitchford screenplay is engaging and Ross's direction is terrific.

The film does a good job of showing character growth but it was so dull that it just didn't matter because we weren't invested in the character.

Then I got caught up in all the bonus material, which was better than the movie, and told the exciting story of how the movie was made.

But no, instead of making this movie a musical, we get him being a big douche and arguing with people which is boring and makes me not care.

The need and joy of partying and dancing , to find some joy from the drab , repressive existance that our Institutions in Britain had planned for us all.

When he get's angry he takes his anger out on dancing, his dancing becomes very intense.

It doesn't move the story along in any way, but despite this unrealistic scene, the rest of the movie was very enjoyable.

I actually found that despite the somewhat contrived premise, the movie really works as a way of showing how dancing is a liberating experience.

From this, you already know what's going to happen, and it's really boring.

I felt there was a problem of connection between each scene; that everything was either moving too fast or moving in an unexpected way, like the confession.

Pleasant youth musical that is entertaining from start to finish.

The soundtrack alone makes the movie worth watching.

also, despite under-age drinking, tobacco usage and mention of pre-marital sex, it's a good coming of age film and not too intense for teens who are weary of too many racy values and notions often injected into teen entertainment.

When you are the only boy among three girls you get dragged to films like this.

This movie could have had some serious potential but unfortunately it was just bland.

Many found this film to be entertaining with its lovable characters, musical score, and happy ending.

It's entertaining, foot-tapping and the now-veteran Bacon to keep you glued.

But, the charming performances by Bacon and Singer (note that "Sex and the City" goddess Sarah Jessica Parker in a minor role as Singer's helpful friend) and the upbeat rock and dance sequences make it a light and entertaining drama/musical.

Overrated and dull .

I guess the this film has everything; Religion, breaking laws, hypocrisy, protagonists, antagonists, meaningful sidelong glances, contrived situations and a nose pick.

Well, Ren can't sit still, let alone fit in, until he makes friends (and a few enemies) and he shakes things up, namely with the great and powerful Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow) and his stunning (for 1984, that is) daughter, Ariel (Lori Singer.

Although the story is simple and a bit unrealistic,the choreography was splendid and the movie entertaining!

This is one of the most exciting scenes in "Footloose.

Along with me was my sister so I got dragged to "Footloose" and suffice to say I was bored out of my mind!

It is absolutely stunning.

Great movie but predictable.

The music was great (though certain songs were hardly used, namely my favorite, "Somebody's Eyes"), and is alone worth watching it for.

IT makes it boring.

The premise is bland, the film is bland, that song by Kenny Loggins was kind of catchy though.

Reverand Shaw (John Lithgow) is even more intense than that guy in "Chocolat" -Great action scene at the start with Lori Singer car surfing (watch the slightly impossible way she gets back in the car) -Also look for the great David Hasselhoff 2 second cameo -Great scene where the Rev turns off Lor Singer's ghetto-blaster.

I enjoyed it in 1984 when it came out and I enjoyed it 24 years later, watching it on DVD.

'Saturday Night Fever' was a classic, but it could be too realistic and dreary in it's approach, and the storyline is kind of non-existent and a little pointless.

The whole plot with the reverend and his daughter is just uninteresting and it ought to have been handled differently.

Entertaining flick, decent message, decent characters .

Little Singing And A Predictable Storyline, .

There is very little music in it,but where there is,there the most enjoyable parts.

Footloose is far from an original movie, but it's got the heart it needs to be an entertaining 80's diversion.