Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Still Awesome? Footloose Edition

I'm starting a new series called "Still Awesome?" where I take a look at things I used to think were awesome and reevaluate them from a modern perspective with the benefit of the wisdom I've gained over the years.

First up? *Footloose. I was 12 when Footloose came out. It was filmed in Utah. It was a big deal. It was, in a word, awesome. Is it still?


Yes. It is still awesome. Here's why:

All the shoes in this clip are currently in style again.
The soundtrack is mostly good.
Kevin Bacon still seems cool to me. 6 Degrees and shark skin jackets make him timeless.
Flat chests in tank tops are a nod to heroine chic which is a nod to the Kristen Stewart heroine chic revival which is totally au courant.
The cowboy's dance moves are quirky enough to be awesome in 2010 a la the zombie walk in Thriller (I'm guessing, here--but I think so.)
Church vs. Dance is sometimes archaic, sometimes relevant, but always hot.

That's my verdict--Still awesome? Yes. 

*I am basing this entirely on the trailer. I haven't re-watched the movie. And I probably won't.  But I would, because it's still awesome, as far as I'm concerned.

19 comments:

  1. Absolutely still awesome! Footloose was filmed at my High School my Jr. year. I love to watch it and pick out all the people I know! :)

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  2. No question, still awesome.
    Can't wait for more of these. You've got me on the edge of my seat as to what else you think is still awesome.

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  3. Hey - so when Carly comes down at Thanksgiving let's have a retro movie night I'm thinking.

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  4. You should watch the movie again--we recently bought it for $5 at Target, against my husband's mocking. Good stuff. More sexual than I remember noticing as a child but the music always makes me happy.

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  5. Channel surfing the other day I saw it on tv, and could NOT resist stopping to watch. Still awesome after all these years.

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  6. Doesn't the Constitution require the separation of church and dance? Totally relevant. Totally awesome.

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  7. Yes! It is still awesome, plus High School Musical 3? (the last one) has Zac dancing in the halls alone at school a la Kevin in Footloose. I too am excited to see what else is still awesome.

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  8. I remember enjoying this with my kids. And the music is definitely catchy!!

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  9. Sorry, feel the need to clarify - Kevin is dancing in a barn, obviously not a school, so just similar, not same. Also, I am not saying that High School Musicals are still awesome!

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  10. LOL I think I wore out my Footloose soundtrack cassette

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  11. I may have to watch it again just to pay attention to the Wasatch Mountains. I love those.

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  12. Love the idea of revisiting awesomeness.

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  13. Totally awesome.

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  14. I saw this movie five times when it came out. Also, I had the soundtrack on tape - but my mom didn't like me to listen to the song "Dancing in the Sheets."

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  15. Good call on the shoes! They are all hot and I want them.

    I think you established on this blog once that the things we were watching as kids are not the same things we are letting our kids watch today. Because that is true regarding 11-yr-olds and movies with strong sexual themes, per my house rules. Were our parents all just super lax? Conversely, am I uptight? Yes and yes?

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  16. Also, are you going to Phoenix for Thanksgiving?

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  17. Also Sara Jessica Parker. I'm not a SITC girl, but I still think she's awesome because she gets to be hot even though she is not very pretty.

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  18. "He doesn't know his left foot from his right foot"....I LOVE this movie. I think I've seen it 100 times.
    Still awesome, for sure!!

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