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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

5 stars

The female Top Gun, you either get it or you don't. Trying to judge this movie as a serious dramatic piece is just stupid, this was made to be fun and show a heartwarming tale. Jennifer Beals is perfection, that is all. The most adorable and determined 80s girl, she reaches for the stars. The dance scenes are unmatched, just wonderfully shot and original. This is not a chick flick at all, not even close. Anyone can appreciate how awesome this movie is, it's just that good.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, September 18, 2010

5 stars

A great dance movie. Great music and just an incredible story. :) I absolutely love it!!! :)

- movieguru12, Thursday, July 15, 2010

3 stars

It was an okay, the story is not that great but the dancing was pretty good.

- citawijaya, Tuesday, May 18, 2010