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Footloose

Published June 5, 2021

Footloose

Film info

  • Title Footloose
  • Director Herbert Ross
  • Year 1984
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Romance, Drama
  • Tagline The music is on his side

Footloose jumps with spirit, dazzling dance numbers and an electrifying musical score. It portrays the timeless struggle between innocent pleasure and rigid morality, when city-boy Ren McCormick finds himself in an uptight Midwestern town where dancing has been banned. Ren revolts with best friend Willard and the minister's daughter.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:10 To be fair, this is a song that is impossible to sit still too.
3:30 Ugh, the church.
6:18 “Did she decide who the father was?” I don’t think that’s how it works.
14:26 You surely can’t blast rock music from a VW bug?
16:06 Sorry, in what world is SJP the dowdy best friend?
18:52 How can the dancing have caused a car wreck?
26:17 Was Mr Bacon actually doing his own gymnastics then?
29:54 Well this is the slowest game of chicken ever.
31:38 Also, who owns these tractors and are they gonna be mad?
42:23 Jeez, she is suicidal and then some.
44:04 “Just because he hasn’t lived in this town twenty years, doesn’t make him a troublemaker.”
50:32 It boggles my mind that you could ban something that brings so much joy.
58:48 How did that one guy take on all three of them?
59:53 I feel a montage coming on.
1:08:22 I don’t mean to be unsentimental but music box tinklings are the most annoying noise!
1:17:09 “Genuine peril” at a dance.
1:19:57 Out of the scope of this movie, but just proves you can use the bible to prove whatever your point may be. On either side.
1:29:50 “If we don’t start trusting our children, how will they ever become trustworthy?”
1:34:25 The door thing getting into the car is adorable.
1:35:35 Just takes one person to lead the dancing!
1:41:26 So much glitter!

Thoughts

I honestly can’t believe I’ve never seen this before - it’s such a part of pop culture history, and it’s about music and dancing, and it’s brilliant! The concept of banning dancing and music is bizarre to me but that doesn’t take away from the greatness of a group of kids rebelling against the system so they can live their best lives. And the soundtrack is epic!

Rating: 5 / 5

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