Parents' Guide to

Footloose (1984)

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A dated rebellion tale.

Movie PG 1984 107 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 18+

I liked it but it's not for impressionable young teens.

I think it's a really good movie but the the suggestion of casual premarital teenage sex is not something I'd like my child as thinking it's something normal.

This title has:

Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Dont ignore the kid reviews with this one

This one you should not ignore the kid reviews that way you can see what flies over their heads. This may only be PG but it's worse than most PG13 movies my kids have seen. There is masturbation (but like 2 in 3 kids do masturbate) and two teens getting dressed after they have had sex. We also see bare butts so... let's just say for tweens and up only.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (30):

Released at the dawn of the music video age, the movie shows the definite influence of MTV. With extended dance sequences that are only tangentially related to the plot, the movie plays, in parts, like an early rock video. Teens of the 1980s loved Footloose and its music, but today's teens might be bored with the contrived plot, cookie cutter characters, and outdated music.

The love story between the two leads and the preacher's change of heart are unconvincing. But more importantly, why would anybody ban dancing? In this very strange town, drinking and smoking are pretty much ignored, but dancing is definitely a no-no. And the conversion of the preacher is implausible -- a raving tyrant in one scene, he is the voice of reason in another. Poor John Lithgow gives it all he has, but even this fine actor cannot make sense of the character. Kevin Bacon has a lot of fun with his part, but the same cannot be said for Lori Singer.

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