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Footloose

1984
Drama
Music
1h 47m
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Avg Percentile 38.51% from 1789 total ratings

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Rated 04 Oct 2013
100
98th
This is better than every Bergman film. I said it. Come at me.
Rated 21 Oct 2011
75
53rd
Really dated, really unrealistic, really stupid, but really fun.
Rated 20 Jun 2020
85
85th
Every film should end with the entire cast dancing.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
21
16th
This film would be getting a lower mark, but for the scene where Bacon gets angry! So angry he just has to dance across town. I have taken to this philosophy and every time me and Mrs Okkervil have a barney, I put my ballet shoes on and pirouette down the High Street! Apart from changing my outlook on life, 'Footloose' is shit.
Rated 10 Jul 2011
10
6th
A town without dancing? FUCK! BETTER SEND KEVIN BACON TO SAVE THE DAY
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
40th
Dancing = sex. A pretty average flick, but Bacon is very likable and John Lithgow does his "terrifying authority figure" thing well.
Rated 09 Nov 2012
62
32nd
Absurd, but it takes itself lightly enough that it's fun for a while until it runs out of steam, leading to a meandering second half that takes too long. John Lithgow is great as the conflicted "villain," almost to the detriment of one's interest in the heroes.
Rated 23 Jul 2015
75
58th
The one takeaway I got from this movie was that I gotta cut loose. footloose. whatever the hell that means.
Rated 10 Jan 2009
82
67th
Break out the leg warmers and ra-ra skirts. This is so 80's its amazing. Strong musical numbers good dance and characterisation. Story isn't the strongest but just go with the flow.. One of the original feel-good movies.
Rated 15 Aug 2020
64
51st
Footloose is a bizarre mixture of charm and nonsense set to 80's pop. The idea of teens challenging authority for righteous reasons is a familiar tale, and all this film does is inelegantly add a tolerable amount of dancing. There are strong dramatic moments from Lithgow, and Bacon is good though often looks a decade too old. The soundtrack is probably the most memorable character. Overall, the film is uneven and goofy, but still mildly entertaining.
Rated 04 Apr 2011
50
11th
A pretty one-dimensional movie that I would say has not aged well. I'm sure towns like the one depicted in this film exist, but in this day and age, it just all seems a little ridiculous.
Rated 25 Apr 2021
6
70th
*watches Footloose in 2021* lol yeah for the good old days when the town preacher kinda frowning on dancing was living under a restrictive authoritarian nightmare
Rated 16 Apr 2016
55
39th
Unmistakably from the 80s. Singer's character is so fubar that it's impossible to root for Bacon to get together with her. The acting is decent enough, but the dancing is definitely the most interesting thing about the film.
Rated 02 Jan 2022
84
73rd
Glorious shot of 80s kitsch never loses its balance between sincerity and camp, largely due to Ross’ exuberant sensibilities from behind the camera. A fun, knowing throwback to the “putting on a show” genre from yesteryear, which knows just how much fun to have with its hoary and contrived plot elements. If no-one in the cast ever sets the house on fire, they certainly spark and come alive during the well choreographed dance numbers, all backed by a protypical 80s pop soundtrack.
Rated 27 Mar 2015
49
46th
Would make a good two-parter with Red Dawn, it's pretty much the same town.
Rated 28 May 2007
6
34th
I hate and love this film equally.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
63
34th
More 80's melodrama but it's hokey enough to be slightly endearing.
Rated 24 Dec 2013
72
18th
surprisingly disappointing. the film had very little ACTUAL dancing. kevin bacon came off as a weak goodie-two-shoes (i.e. loser) even though they tried really hard to portray him as the "bad boy". and the lead female is just a one-dimensional, attention-seeking slut, so it's very hard to relate to her or even sympathise with her. all this being said, i have to remind you that this was okay as a film, but just did not meet my expectations of what a dance film should be.
Rated 25 Aug 2019
65
45th
Even with strong performances from a cast that's giving it their all & plenty of super catchy music, as well as an enjoyable small-town vibe, it never quite gets out from under its goofy premise & takes itself way too seriously most of the time. The characters are likeable and interesting, but the plot often feels a bit disjointed & the story overall feels muddled in parts. It's worth watching, but it's disappointingly average as far as '80's movies go.
Rated 27 Nov 2016
95
75th
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Rated 21 Oct 2023
7
61st
See a baby Kevin Bacon, Chris Penn, and Sarah Jessica Parker muddle adorably through a basic script about repression. I thought Lori Singer was good, and check out Chris Penn's dancing one hour in. Reminds me of my own 80s small town, where fun involved wrestling or dancing with someone's kid sister
Rated 14 Jan 2015
50
25th
It's incredibly cheesy and very much of the '80s, but some of it was charming. I liked the dance sequences, and Kevin Bacon was great in them. But yeah, I can't really say it left much of an impact on me, as a whole. Pretty much just one to tick off the list.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
20th
Good music, solid dancing, but not much of a storyline
Rated 06 Apr 2010
77
40th
Go Chris Penn! A great artifact of the 80s, whose soundtrack keeps your foot tapping the whole time.
Rated 27 Oct 2011
70
38th
Dated but still fun to watch.
Rated 31 Mar 2010
3
31st
Undeniably terrible. I still can't deny how much this corny piece of 80s made me laugh.
Rated 21 Mar 2009
50
13th
Really... THIS is a classic? Doesn't stand the test of time I guess.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
23rd
So-so. Nothing over the top for me.
Rated 24 May 2020
51
15th
For a movie that is supposedly about dancing; there wasn't much dancing going on (that sequence in the abandoned train station was too awkward; so my brain shut down). The opening credits were cute and Kevin Bacon looked like a handsome human being in the surrounding ugliness that is called the 80s. For example, Lori Singer's body looked like it was drawn by an astigmatic art school drop-out. The only redeeming fact is that now I put some faces on that Footloose song that I heard all my life.
Rated 05 Jul 2022
72
64th
If you're not into the whole goofy 80's thing, you're probably not going to enjoy Footloose, either. It's got a silly plot and the kids are so very rebellious in a small town that has banned dance. It's got some great songs and just that careless 80's mood that dominated a lot of the movies of the era. You're not supposed to make sense of it, but just to go with the flow. Also, I mean, it'd be CRAZY if in the US some people wanted to ban books and burn them... that'd never happen, right?
Rated 11 Apr 2012
45
3rd
those films u hate but will still watch
Rated 10 Jul 2018
60
23rd
Another of those 80's "definers" that I've missed for years - and "missed" also wants quotes on it, because there's nothing here. Sure, I'm too old for it now, let's be even-handed. I give it points strictly for Lithgow's performance, and also for reuniting me with a song I despised and had forgotten all about: Shalamar's "Dancing in the Sheets". When you're afforded the opportunity to hate something all over again, it's this shadowy little gift wrapped in darkside nostalgia paper.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
60
47th
It is what put Mr. Bacon on the map, I guess.
Rated 03 Jul 2011
43
19th
Great dance scenes, especially Bacon's epic rage dance at the factory. Bacon and Penn do a good job, but the screenplay is quite awful.
Rated 23 Nov 2010
35
35th
Only in the 80's could something like this have been conceived.
Rated 30 Jan 2010
40
16th
meh.
Rated 31 Oct 2014
66
49th
The setup is unrealistic and goofy, but the film gets to a surprising level of emotional honesty. It's endearing and dorky and I enjoyed it.
Rated 18 May 2019
85
96th
This is a fun movie. The movie and the story shouldn't work but it does.
Rated 28 Dec 2008
100
97th
Aww, the film of my youth. Where did you get that hat?
Rated 28 Apr 2016
15
82nd
W4E2P1S2V1M1A2R2. I reenacted that move at the end where he jumps off the porch and face-kicks that bully so many times, to my little brother's terror.
Rated 10 Apr 2017
32
8th
Footloose-n my bowels
Rated 02 Feb 2024
75
35th
The movie has a lot more fun with the characters than you think. I think some scenes are a bit too ridiculous to make this a great film, but Kevin Bacon does great work in this to elevate a poorly written romantic partner and to overcome a slightly ham handed effort to redeem John Lithgow
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Been a while, but I remember liking this as a kid - has some classic moments.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
55
9th
Fun to watch. Soooooo 80s. It's about dancing and less obviously, about where to draw the line in protecting children against corruption (AKA sex).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
50th
I loved this movie at the time, and I still get a kick from its innocence and music . . . but the kids in a small town not being able to DANCE seems pretty ridiculous now.
Rated 10 Dec 2011
70
13th
Just as they remake this film the original shows up on tv. A Classic 80's teen movie with lots of corny cliches. Boy meets girl, the town has banned music, boy brings music to the town for everybody to dance to. A fun watch, if only to see a few recognisable faces, Kevin Bacon, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dianne Wiest...
Rated 04 Jun 2007
50
33rd
OK dance movie. Silly resolution, which in musicals is generally OK except that we're supposed to take this one seriously
Rated 09 Apr 2009
0
15th
Odd fable which seeks to combine _Flashdance_ with _Rebel Without A Cause_, and misses out on both.
Rated 07 May 2018
63
34th
rvw. you're welcome star lord lool it wasnt to save the universe
Rated 20 Dec 2012
68
8th
Glorious 80s cheese only brought down by its desire to be taken seriously
Rated 28 Jul 2021
78
59th
The scenes where the music is the only audio and there is either a montage or everyone breaks out in dance are better than the scenes with dialogue or plot development. But John Lithgow is great. Pretty cheesy and ridiculous movie
Rated 02 Oct 2008
40
25th
While John Lithgow is good, as is Bacon, I really hated this movie. But then I was old before I was old...
Rated 26 Feb 2017
3
40th
@BRYANT PARK, NYC Ostigt dansparty uppväger obegåvad handling och ganska vedervärdig musik. Förmodligen är detta 1980-tal enklare att hantera för den som inte faktiskt genomlevt det. Kidsens entusiasm uppväger alltså mitt behov av skämskudde.
Rated 14 Oct 2021
66
65th
A total blast. Just so fun and cheesy 80's
Rated 24 Feb 2007
40
19th
Poor.
Rated 30 Mar 2010
6
43rd
Nostalgic trip back to the 80's - corny and cliched but good fun.
Rated 25 May 2009
0
12th
They've studied the demographics, calculated their risk, and decided to stick out their necks on the bet that the movie audience contains more teenagers than Moral Majority members. The battle lines are drawn straight off, as Lithgow, with turn-around collar, rants from the pulpit: "If He isn't testing us, how do you account for the proliferation of this rock-and-roll music?" (Haydn, he explains to his daughter in private, is okay: "It's uplifting. It doesn't confuse people's minds and bodies.")
Rated 09 Apr 2022
55
28th
Bruh, this is mad cringey. Also, what is bacon thinking, that girl is a walking red flag yet we are meant to follow her, fuck off. I think the remake is better in many ways, but the original does have a mad soundtrack, and bacons gymnastics is a madness
Rated 12 Jan 2011
64
34th
64.125
Rated 27 Apr 2013
84
45th
Attempted to watch this one after seeing the 2011 remake, and I am pleased with this way more than I was with the remake. I am one of the people who thinks Kevin Bacon is a solid actor, and he shines here. The music is catchy and the acting is good fro mall. Obviously it doesn't stand on par with Grease or American Graffiti but I was still very entertained. It is the classic everyone says it is.
Rated 24 Mar 2008
40
29th
Pretty cliche by todays standards. Also guilty of casting twenty somethings to play teenagers. Nonetheless worth seeing that one time if only for Lithgow's role.
Rated 03 Jan 2010
70
52nd
Apparently the people giving this movie a poor ranking HATE FUN
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
77th
Bad boy turns Bible Belt town on its ear. It works. ....cause I gotta cut loose...Footloose
Rated 11 Apr 2023
64
42nd
Very weird, very cheesy, but definitely not a bad movie.
Rated 03 Oct 2023
60
69th
The best 107-minute music video of all-time.
Rated 16 May 2010
67
14th
OK movie. The dancing was cool but overall kind of lame 80's flick.
Rated 23 Aug 2022
1
3rd
All that cheese and all that Bacon and I'm ready to have a boredom induced heart attack
Rated 28 Sep 2020
40
8th
I really dislike the framing device--dumb, backwards small town Nazis need to loosen up. Enter Bowie-esque "man who fell to earth" to teach all the hicks a lesson, but who magically has it all figured out himself. The musical interludes are a fun enough way to pass the time, I guess.
Rated 21 Sep 2009
100
51st
a great dancing movie and really cool.also very funny. 10 out of 10
Rated 07 Sep 2015
70
12th
Teenagers coming into their own despite all the efforts of their parents to keep them sheltered. I would have felt more teenage oppression had I watched this for the first time in the 80s, but watching this 30 years later as an adult, I find myself understanding why adults tell kids "no" sometimes. Despite good intentions, I still don't approve of how the adults decided to cut all the kids off for the mistakes of a few. It takes the new kid in town to call them on their BS.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
97th
Ranks right up there with all the classics despite that catchy song that seems to get stuck in one's head.
Rated 26 Jan 2017
40
20th
Yeah, it's a silly movie but it gives much more depth to the parent characters than them being simple antagonists, and the performances by Lithgow and Wiest are beautiful. Everything else is either perfectly "meh" or dumb fun.
Rated 12 Nov 2015
65
35th
So. Much. Glitter.
Rated 08 Mar 2012
6
48th
so much better than the 2011 one...its clear from the first minute of both .__.

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