|cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Chris Penn rating: ****|
And what a miracle that a movie, with dancing as the premise, can relate to just about everyone... if you let it. Because even the most ludicrous aspect... a law prohibiting teens to dance in a small town by a Christian preacher... isn't used to make the antagonist seem loony, nor does it make our heroes seem like victims.
Each character is so genuine you'll forget the premise and start to feel you live in this little part of Americana during the 1980s, which FOOTLOOSE is a wonderful time capsule of. And while Kevin Bacon's dancing skills aren't technically great, he has enough power and spirit to let the audience take part in the emancipation of isolated teens, who didn't know what they were missing.
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