For this month’s next entry for Genre Grandeur February – Coming of Age movie’s, here’s my 4th and final review. This time I chose Footloose (1984).
I would be remiss to note here that my absolute favorite coming of age movie is Stand By Me (1986), but since I plan on watching it for next month’s Meathead March blogathon, I decided to hold off watching it for a few more days which unfortunately means I couldn’t review it here also.
Thanks again to Justine of Justine’s movie blog for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre, chosen by Anna of Film Grimoire will be Latin Director movies. To participate, send me your review to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25th Mar. Thanks to Anna for a great and diverse choice.
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“I’m not the first one that’s noticed it. I mean we’re not stuck in the goddamn middle ages here. I mean we’ve got TV. We’ve got Family Feud. We’re not stuck in Leave It to Beaver land here. ” – Willard
Number of Times Seen – No clue (Theater in 1984, cable, video , DVD, 17 Feb 2002 and 16 Feb 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A teenager moves to a new town with his mother where music and dancing is banned. He immediately begin to question the law, leading to much backlash from the older members of the community.
My Take on it – As an 80’s kid who loves movies from that decade, I always get very nostalgic when I get a chance to rewatch one of my favorites.
I was amazed at how much of this movie’s lines of dialogue and songs that I knew by heart while rewatching this. (I even sang along with a bunch of them.
Having seen this at the age of 10, there were probably too many things that went right over my head, but I still could recognize a great movie with an amazing soundtrack.
Who can forget such great songs like Footloose, Let’s Hear it for the Boy, Almost Paradise, I’m Free and of course Holding out for a Hero.
Here are some clips from those songs to give you all an idea of what I’m talking about or to give you nostalgic feelings for this movie:
Let’s Hear it for the Boy
Holding out for a Hero.
Besides the great soundtrack, this movie has a great message for both teenagers and for adults and even 31 years after it came out, those messages still ring true.
Whenever I see Kevin Bacon in a movie, I think of Ren and how he would have dealt with the situation.
That’s either completely insane or 80’s movies rule!!!!
Bottom Line – Excellent movie with a timeless message that remains relevant. Great music that works so well within the entire story. Such an amazingly soundtrack that still gets me every time. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a 2013 interview with Howard Stern, Kevin Bacon admitted that he has actually tipped DJs at weddings NOT to play Footloose. He stated that people expect him to dance the song as he did in the movie. In truth, while he did do some of the dancing there was also a dancing double for him as well (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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