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Footloose (1984)
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:40:24 pm »

The plot for Footloose is kind of ridiculous. Even as a kid seeing this in the theater, I never bought into a town outlawing music and dancing as a punishable crime. Sure, I figured that other nations and cultures may actually have rules against self expression, but certainly not on American soil. Also, there were some horrible dancing to be found in this movie way back when. The Diner scene in particular still makes me bow my head in shame. But having just watched this tonight, the dancing isn't just hokey, it's downright painful to watch at times. But here's the thing, the actors, characters and the simple story still carry's itself very well in spite of these few hiccups.

It's been a while since I last watched Footloose and I can't believe how young Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Penn look in this. Heck man, even Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow look damn young. Speaking of Chris Penn, he was and still is my favorite character in the movie. Steals every scene he is in. His "training" session with Bacon, learning how to dance is pretty bad....but there is a charm to what he is doing which makes it fun to watch. But when he gets on the dance floor during the Prom Dance, he brings it....even if it's still awkward at times.

One thing you gotta understand about the movie, it exist solely for one purpose....to sell Soundtracks. How else to explain that the Title Track by Kenny Logins is played 3 times during the span of 90 minutes. A couple of other songs get a couple of spins as well. Memorable music for sure, which adds to the charm of the film. Definitely worth a Rent just to reminisce what it was like living through that time period. If you don't take the movie too seriously you will find out you may enjoy it.
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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 07:40:51 pm »
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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 08:09:07 pm »
I rolled my eyes way back when, all the deprived high schoolers could dance like professionals with amazing moves. It was our Step Up for our generation. They've been around and will continue. The kids love this stuff.

The remake as I recall was not bad. As 'good' as this is, it needed a serious reboot.

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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 10:58:16 pm »
Of course, I HAVE to put this in...


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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2013, 05:28:41 am »
There's nothing showing up in your post.
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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 11:40:42 am »
Whole lotta nothin'.  It's meant to be Lithgow reprising his rock and roll sermon in "Third Rock From The Sun."

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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 11:52:12 am »
Yeah, I just followed the link back to YT and checked it out. I actually got a good chuckle from that. Thanks.
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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2013, 11:56:48 am »
I LOVE John Lithgow.  I'm amazed he's such a calm, quiet person in real life because I'm so used to him being screaming and crazy.

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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013, 07:50:37 pm »
Just started watching this for the first time.  Thanks Netflix!  Don't know why it took me so long to check it out.  I just passed the Slaughterhouse Five bit (which, incidentally, I need to read again).

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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013, 08:05:54 pm »
Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about this one.
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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2013, 08:16:49 pm »
You know, I had no idea that Sarah Jessica Parker was in this movie.

I don't know if I missed something but Ren's mother got re-married, right?  Half that family in the house isn't his, am I right?  Or they're staying with someone else?

I just noticed he also has TWO radios in his VW Beetle.  Was that standard?

I don't think I caught that Ren was a gymnast until WELL after that insane warehouse dancing which I thought was insanely unrealistic in an up-to-that-point realtively grounded movie.
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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2013, 09:28:45 pm »
It's wrapping up.  I like it, but I don't know if I would rush to see it again.

I think one of the big curses of the movie is that its' soundtrack is as famous or even more famous than the events in the movie, it creates a big of an imbalance, you know?  And with that soundtrack, you sort of expect some more melodramatic, maybe schlocky movie around it and there isn't any (save for a few scenes, mostly involving the daughter who I did not particularly like).

And speaking of melodramatic and extreme, you sort of expect John Lithgow to have at least one scene where he goes all out but he doesn't, he actually gives a nuanced performance, he's more hurt and scared than anything else, but he doesn't dwell on it or anything, he give sjust enough for us to get it but no more than we need.  That's petty tricky to do.

The ending actually reminds me of Ruff Stuff for some reason, knocking out a bunch of bad kids and then dancing.

I am glad I saw this, and I can't believe how long it took given the project I'm working on.  I DID notice that they play the song "Footloose" three times in the movie, and I am wary of repeated songs after "Hustle and Flow," but it didn't really bother me this time around.

I DO also notice the men choose other men to dance with than girls more often than not. 

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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2013, 10:19:16 pm »
The soundtrack, even back then was a major component of the movie. Dare I say...an additional character. But today, because of the music, it's very dated now and kind of sticks out like a sore thumb to my ears. You may not think so because you're coming at this for the first time. I'm guessing you know a majority of the songs anyway. I still like the music today, but it doesn't hide the fact that it's grounded in a certain era for sure.
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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2013, 11:09:48 pm »
I honestly don't feel like the music "dates" the movie much, it actually doesn't feel TOO dated, it's more that the music is FAR too familiar to me than the rest of the movie because I've heard that music almost all my life.  It's like if you see an actor you know well in a movie full of complete strangers.

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Re: Footloose (1984)
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2014, 02:28:15 pm »
Kevin Bacon's Footloose Entrance (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T2FpCDlyNg

This is f*cking priceless!
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