Footloose --- Starring Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow, and Sarah Jessica Parker
Mar 6, 2006
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:good acting, fun story, lots of great 80's music, fights the power
Cons:sometimes cheesy, Bacon doesn't do all his own dancing
The Bottom Line: The film is all about a teenage boy trying to bring dancing back to a town that has been hit by tragedy.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
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A city boy is moving into a town out in the country, and walking right into a new environment. Being a man of pop-culture, he is really into music, dancing, and everything that goes with it. For him, this is like a journey back in time as he comes across a town that is against everything that he stands for. Due to a tragic past, the town has a lot of "ghosts" that it lives with. As a result, the parents and administrators of the town have become overly protective of the younger kids in the city, and thus want to make sure that no tragedy like the one that has occurred can ever happen again. Of course we as the audience are not supposed to side with the rulers of the town, and through the actions of the teenage populous, we get taken through an interesting story of rebellion and self-actualization.
Kevin Bacon is the lead character Ren McCormack, who is a relatively average kid, who has an abundance of dancing ability. This is going to be a shock to his system, as he comes to a town where dancing is actually against the law. That means the school can't even hold a function, and in order to dance the kids must go across state lines. Leading the charge to keep dancing out-lawed is the Reverend Shaw Moore. The Reverend is played by John Lithgow in what really made him a well known actor. He would later star as the heavy in Cliffhanger as well as a lead actor in 3rd Rock From the Son, but actually most people remember his strong-tempered character from the film. It is he who has the ear of the entire town, and they really look up to and respect his opinion on any and everything. Thus, if he is against dancing it is a sure bet he will convince the town of that same fate.
Behind the dancing, which is the obvious attraction to Footloose there is a story about teen angst, teenage relationships, and of course school interactions. Ren makes new friends that include Ariel (Lori Singer), Rusty (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Willard (Chris Penn). All of them became better well-known after the film, and most have since solidified their careers as actors/actresses. For the purposes of this film, they were all quite good in their roles, and it is fun to watch them interacting and coming of age right before our eyes. The film is fast paced in that regard, and some of the plot-lines are quickly glossed over; mush in the fashion that would occur on a television show. There are the "bad kids" that Ren is going to face off against, the parental units that will stand in his way of happiness, and of course the main antagonist becomes the Reverend who will stand in his way of dancing.
Footloose has a lot of good messages at the center of the film that include family values, and what it means to really be there for your kids. It likes to point out how parents decide what's best for their kids without really thinking about how it might affect them in the long run. Thought that is a theme, we are treated more to a movie about a teen fitting into new surroundings, and bringing with him a wave of change. Bacon was pretty good, and there are a lot of scenes where he was very interesting as an actor on screen. The movie definitely keeps your attention, and the main selling point are all of the classic songs that you get to hear. You have Footloose, Let's Hear it For the Boy, and I Need A Hero. All great 80's tunes that got their first air-play through the film. The story is pretty strong, the acting is decent, and the story is good enough to watch more than once. For all those reasons I do recommend this film.
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