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Footloose (1984)

Directed by:
Herbert Ross

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Comedy/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Footloose

RUNNING TIME
110 minutes

Produced by:
Lewis J. Rachmil
Craig Zadan

Written by:
Dean Pitchford


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ren McCormack Kevin Bacon
Ariel Moore Lori Singer
Vi Moore Dianne Wiest
Rev. Shaw Moore John Lithgow
Willard Hewitt Chris Penn
Rusty Sarah Jessica Parker

 

Review

Maverick teenager Kevin Bacon is ready to challenge the system when he moves to Bomont, a small town where the local preacher and the town council have banned dancing and rock music. The concept is an anachronism which feels contrived from the get go; the film's heart and characters belong in the 1950s, but they have been made to look and talk like greasers circa the 1980s. If not for a heartfelt, balanced performance from John Lithgow as the preacher, and sympathetic turns from Lori Singer as his daughter, Bacon in the lead, and a wonderful Chris Penn as Bacon's new pal, the film probably wouldn't have worked at all. With its predictable plot developments, this is touch and go all along. It never quite feels like director Herbert Ross (The Goodbye Girl, California Suite) is in touch with the youth culture he tries to convey. Still, the story has a sweetness to it that makes it very hard to dislike. Kevin Bacon's speach before the town council, and the inevitable, rewarding ending are among the highlights. And there are of course lots of great 1980s dance songs for those who enjoy that.

Copyright 09.01.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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