Footloose (1984)


United States 1984, 107 mins
Director: Herbert Ross
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lithgow, Kevin Bacon, Christopher Penn, Lori Singer

This classic tale of teen rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances.

When teenager Ren (Kevin Bacon) and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he's in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can't quite believe he's living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal.

There is one small pleasure, however: Ariel (Lori Singer), a troubled but lovely blonde - who also has a jealous boyfriend. In fact, it is Ariel's dad (John Lithgow), a Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free.

Ren and his classmates want to do away with this ordinance, especially since the senior prom is around the corner, but only Ren has the courage to initiate a battle. His pent-up frustrations cause a confrontation with the reverend and the local town council as he takes on the establishment.

Herb Ross's fast-paced drama is filled with such hit songs as the title track and 'Let's Hear it for the Boy'.

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