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Footloose (1984)

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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.


  • Kevin Bacon
  • Lori Singer
  • John Lithgow
  • Dianne Wiest
  • Christopher Penn
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • John Laughlin
  • Elizabeth Gorcey
  • Frances Lee McCain
  • Brian Wimmer

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5.0 out of 5



Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly. It wants to tell the story of a conflict in a town, it wants to introduce some flashy teenage characters, and part of the time it wants to be a music video. It's possible that no movie with this many agendas can be good; maybe somebody should have decided, early on, exactly what the movie was supposed to be about.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Footloose turns out to be a sort of Boy Scout version of “Flashdance,” a carefully toned-down, overly respectable piece of schmaltz.

Metacritic review by Kathleen Carroll
Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Christopher Penn very nearly steals the movie as Ren's hayseed friend, and the two share a musical scene (to Deniece Williams's ''Let's Hear It for the Boy'') that's almost as sensational as the opening credits.

Metacritic review by Janet Maslin
Janet Maslin
The New York Times