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This movie starts good for me, I was liking see it but after awhile it feels like it was never going to end.
Footloose makes me wonder if Kenny Loggins' only hits are movie-related. Well, are they? As the title tune, it plays three times in the 1984 classic, but the rest of the soundtrack should not be counted out. Though music of its day, 90s% of it is comprised of recognizable hits, and that's hard to do. How many 80s films are sunk by less-than-memorable soundtracks? And here, the music is very important. Footloose could have been very cheesy indeed. It's a movie in which Kevin Bacon must fight for his right to party--I mean dance--in a country town that seems stuck in the 50s, except that dancing is illegal. I DON'T consider it cheese, however. Its clever use of irony makes it better than it ought to be, showing youth misbehaving outrageously because their community is too strict (indeed, a lot of them appear to be closet dancers). And though John Lithgow's preacher is technically the antagonist, he's entirely too human and sympathetic to be the VILLAIN. Instead, it's just as much his story, that of an over-protective father who has, in fact, is getting the opposite results. I will never not be touched by Dianne Weist in a movie, and she plays his wiser wife. Also, look for before-they-were stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Penn as the best friends. Good music, fun gymnastic dancing, and real heart.
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This movie ranks #25 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
This movie ranks #497 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office