Urban Cowboy (1980) - Drama, Romance, Western

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Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: James Bridges
Stars: John Travolta, Debra Winger
Length: 132 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 10 out of 81 found boring (12.34%)

One-line Reviews (26)

It is predictable and the country music is terrible.

Though chronically dull, it at least tackles the elements of domestic violence --- from both the villain's *and* the hero's perspectives.

)In any case, the film is more enjoyable as something to not take too seriously.

With non-stop tunes readymade to both backup the story and serve a roman chorus to the inevitable, predictable conclusion, this is a country music soap opera celebrating city/country life with greasy fingers: Only Travolta doesn't exactly look like a bonafide Texan (Dennis Quaid was originally considered); and his sexist, wife-slapping jerk seems contrived to fit the usual good-old-boy cliché.

The music, cinematography and performances are all still very good, but the unsavory overtones of domestic violence (a much more publicized issue now than in 1980) and casual adultery sour this once entertaining movie.

urban boredom...

The characters are unlikable, uninteresting, sleazy and mean, the climax is just plain silly, and the movie as a whole is an endurance test, it just keeps going and going until finally the idiocy comes to an end after a rather boring altercation.

Another entertaining Travolta dance flick!

The fine cast is rounded out by Barry Corbin as Bud's ex-rodeo star uncle who dishes out sage advice, Madolyn Smith Osborne as the darling adult daughter of a rich oil man who collects cowboy lovers to ease her boredom, and Mickey Gilley as himself.

Bud is "coming of age" and embarks on a life of his own with a little help from his aunt and uncle so he moves to the big city with them.

Yet, I have always found it fairly enjoyable to watch this redneck romance.

But the music score and the dances are highly entertaining.

Another soundtrack film with John Travolta after disco and 1950's rock paid off, James Bridges' URBAN COWBOY is a character-driven, intentionally plotless melodrama with a ripped-muscular Scott Glenn as an ex-con who winds up Travolta's rival: adding Pseudo-Sport to the genre involving a mechanical bull, bumping and grinding inside an immense Texas barroom where the title's first half derives throughout a beer-soaked, Country Music blaring, wooden-neon interior.

A Bit Corny but Still Entertaining .

entertaining, to say the least .

A good movie worth watching.

After a bit I got used to it, but the movie was long, boring, and generally unexciting.

Bud Davis is an unbearable character and Sissy is immature and fool.

I saw this film when it was first released in 1980; I thought it was generally entertaining, with very good performances, great songs and atmosphere to burn; I didn't understand why it did so poorly at the box office.

No emotional underpinnings like "Saturday Night Fever," no message about trying to break away from boredom and be someone--anyone--for a single night other than yourself.

entertaining .

I agree with an earlier review regarding Scott Glenn, he is used for plot only, thrown in to the mix to create suspense; the story is predictable and contrived.

Overall its a good movie worth watching 9/10

She looks stunning in her red top.

An entertaining period piece.

So much of this sophomoric drama seems familiar, and indeed the structure of the film (with Travolta coming of age--after doing some dancing at Gilley's, of course) comes off like "Saturday Night Fever" in western-dress.