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Footloose portrays the timeless struggle between innocent pleasure and rigid morality, when city-boy Ren McCormick finds himself in an uptight Midwestern town where dancing has been banned.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

A dated rebellion tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the music and movement will keep preteens entertained, but the sexual material and profanity may be too mature for the youngest. Teens will enjoy the energy of it, but the music is dated and the central conflict (to hold a dance or not) is a bit hard for teens to buy.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how we stand up for our values.
  • What would you have done in Ren's shoes?
  • How do you relate to authority figures similar to the one portrayed by John Lithgow?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 4
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Herbert Ross directed this odd but reasonably effective blend of rock music and didactic melodrama.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Fresh: Like the rest of today's video-happy teen-age entertainments, Footloose doesn't expect to be watched closely or taken seriously. It wants to fill the screen with catchy music and pretty kids, and this it certainly accomplishes.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Rotten: Footloose is a seriously confused movie that tries to do three things, and does all of them badly.

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Saturday, October 23, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Kevin Bacons shining moment? I dont know but i still watch this one I catch it on TV. Fun movie.

- jmanard52, Sunday, June 29, 2008

5 stars

One of the best 80's films! I feel completely in love with Kevin Bacon! A different storyline to which was refreshing! A must see! It's a classic!

- murphmann93, Friday, June 24, 2011

2 stars

That rare brand of teen 80's movie that I don't especially like. Not sure why, I love the 80's, but this one never did anything for me...

- romy861, Tuesday, January 1, 2013