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drama, romance

A hit movie that became a cultural sensation, Flashdance delivers an electrifying mix of music, drama and dance that dazzles the senses as it touches the heart.

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common sense

ON for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5

Cheesy Cinderella tale with sex, Spandex, and '80s pop.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, despite its R rating, Midwest working-class setting, and sexy vibe, Flashdance is largely a fairy tale, a glamorous wish-fulfillment pop fantasy for teen girls on what being an adult is like. There's a brief visit to a graphic, downscale nudie bar (with bare breasts and buttocks on display), strong language (including "c--t" and "f--k"), and drinking and smoking. You might point out to your teens that working at a strip club is not as glamorous as it appears to be here.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about this version of adulthood and pursuing your dreams vs. what to expect out in the real world. Why do people like "Cinderella" stories?
  • Why do you think many consider this film to be a campy classic?
  • How does this movie explore the role of women in traditionally male-dominated work environments such as steel mills?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: "what a feeling" indeed.

- Don Willmott,, Saturday, July 7, 2007

Rotten: A simplistic fairy tale, directed by Lyne in a trashy, superficially glitzy style, with pretense to realism in its on-location shooting and a woman who works as a welder, and the kind of postmodernism that's mostly evident in the heroine's name, Alex.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Take your passion... And make it happen! Good movie! Flashdance is one of those must see movies if you wanna see the important films of the 80's. I just wanted to see what this movie was about since it's such a huge part of film culture. Jennifer Beals actually did a great job as Alex, she was absolutely beautiful and made the character very likable. While this film did not live up to my expectations, it still was a good film. It has an awesome sound track and really is a lot of fun to dance too. If you love the 80's movies and music you gotta see this one! Alex Owens is a female dynamo: steel worker by day, exotic dancer by night. Her dream is to get into a real dance company, though, and with encouragement from her boss/boyfriend, she may get her chance. The city of Pittsburgh co-stars. What a feeling!

- MANUGINO, Saturday, May 26, 2012

2 stars

Such a well known 80's film and yet this is my first viewing! Of course the iconic soundtrack is instantly recognisable, as are some of the dance moves and there is some kind of back story with edging it's way through, but true enough it is corny and tacky like many 80's films, yet something drives me to watch them.

- 76Majikat, Thursday, April 5, 2012

4 stars

Another classic 80's movie! A must see!

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011