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USMCTiger03
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Footloose, Original: despite all its flaws

Wasn't Lori Singer just the best possible casting? And there are otherwise too many flaws to list. For example, I have never been so angry at life that I went to an old warehouse, drank, smoked a cig and fricking DANCED my problems away. But maybe that's just me. ANYWAY, on this re-watch, I appreciate the quirkiness, toughness and vulnerability that Singer brings.

Then again, I am totally drunk.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Footloose, Original: despite all its flaws
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And there are otherwise too many flaws to list.


I think you're being too hard on it. It was the product of its time.

First off - you have to ignore that Bacon and Singer were in their mid-20s when they filmed the thing, and that Wiest and Lithgow were only 10 to 12 years older than Bacon and Singer. The performances were good enough to suspend disbelief.

And in addition to those 4 performances, I think you're ignoring Chris Penn and SJP - outside of Reservoir Dogs - I think it is Chris Penn's best work, and it is my favorite performance of the little filly - maybe tied with Honeymoon in Vegas.

Finally - I think you're missing the importance of the film for incorporating music. Now that wasn't new - even since the beginning of the "New Hollywood" movement, although the musical form itself had fallen out of favor, you still had the occasional musical (i.e. Grease), as well as films with significant musical content (i.e. Saturday Night Fever and Urban Cowboy) - but these all seemed to involved John Travolta.

Footloose (1984) along with Top Gun and the Miami Vice television series are arguably the three most important products of the 1980s involving musical integration into the content and style of visual media (other than MTV and music videos themselves).
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re: Footloose, Original: despite all its flaws
Footloose is greatness. The tractor chicken scene was awesome. They nailed the stupid shite that kids do growing up in small towns.


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SmackDaniels
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re: Footloose, Original: despite all its flaws
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 It was the product of its time. 


Exactly. The 80s was so full of cheese


Ace Midnight
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Exactly. The 80s was so full of cheese


Maybe so, but at least the Footloose people weren't doing a reboot of a television series, a comic book movie or a sequel.


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re: Footloose, Original: despite all its flaws
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quote: Exactly. The 80s were so full of GREATNESS


FIFY

I'd do the entire decade over in a heartbeat.
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SG_Geaux
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80'S Hair Metal FTW


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