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by Slyder

"Great Music, Lousy Movie"
1 stars

Why is this film considered a classic? Can somebody answer me that? No, don’t come to me with that “It has great music and dance scenes” bullshit. Come on, tell me why? Because its inspiring to us all and Jennifer Beals is a hottie? Gimme a fucking break. This movie sucked ass, not because of the music and the dancing, but because the movie is so distracted by its subplots that it forgets is main point, and when a movie does that, it’s trouble.

Analyze this: Alex (Beals), is a Pittsburgh blue-collar worker by day and an exotic dancer by night. She has a dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer, and the movie just follows her quest for her dream as she tries to ingress The Academy of Dance and Theatre, and also her relationship with his boyfriend/boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri).

Yep that’s it. That’s all there is. A plot like this could’ve been covered from 30 minutes to an hour max. But hey, the movie runs 95 minutes long, so why that long? Well that’s because there’s like 40 minutes of the movie which concentrate on Alex’s quest to ingress into the Academy, but then we have 55 minutes of subplots that have nothing to do with the original plot, but are just there to kill time. Oh yeah, Alex’s friend Jeannie (Sunny Johnson) trying to win a skating championship but failing. Then there’s wannabe comedian Ritchie Blazik (Kyle T. Heffner) who tries to be funny in all the jokes he tries (though he sucks), and probably his funniest moment is when he gets his nose broken by badass thug Johnny C (Lee Ving), owner of a strip club. Oh and Johnny is wooing and sometimes stalking the girls, and also when Ritchie has his nose broken, Nick come to the rescue of Alex, but hey, he just shouts “YOU LEAVE HER ALONE” and then Johnny C, looking like a tough motherfucker, decides to leave. What? No fight? No duel? What the hell was that all about? Oh, and then there’s the love story, yeah the love each other and sometimes Alex shows jealousy and all when Nick’s ex-wife appears but they reconcile, and all that babble is enough for me to shout:


Eventually we do, but not before we waste almost an hour of our lives on so much nonsensical bullshit that has nothing to do with the main idea of the story, and then the movie makes a stupid mistake on giving the character a bad case of “foolish pride,” which made me cringe and laugh at such stupidity. Such a lousy script, written by Tomas Hedley, and no one else but Joe Eztheras, yeah, that little bitch who gave us trashfests like Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Nowhere To Run, and Jade. No wonder this film has some unusual sexual elements that don’t cave in, and in the end are utterly ridiculous. So much for a sex guru like Eztheras

Was there something good on this film? Oh yeah, the music kicks ass of course and the ballet choreography is also great. The cinematography had also some great moments. But all in all, it’s not enough to save this film from utter mediocrity. Jennifer Beals gives out her most “better” performance in this movie, though she doesn’t do the dancing. The rest of the cast is pretty much wasted.

In the end, this movie sucked, and I can’t recommend it for you to watch it. It’s pretty paper-thin and lousy to watch, and the worst is that it doesn’t bring anything new to itself. So is this film an 80’s classic? The music may be but this film definitely isn’t.

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originally posted: 07/13/02 00:14:23
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User Comments

7/29/12 cr decent movie with good songs and beals brings the heat! 3 stars
2/07/10 JM Synth Thin script, but great music, cinematography and likeable cast make it great entertainment 4 stars
6/11/08 Heather Marie good 5 stars
3/26/08 HANNAH I like this movie.but i've seen better.it's not bad.the songs are so PERFECT for this film. 5 stars
3/23/07 Jay made me feel good 5 stars
1/04/07 P Might be a bit corny, but jeez, why must we take life so seriously all the time? I love it! 5 stars
12/17/06 Olivia It's a really good dance movie one of the best! 5 stars
12/24/05 tot underrated classic, love the whole cast 5 stars
7/20/05 Chris 80's classic when it comes to the music, but the movie itself...bleh 3 stars
2/13/04 I Would Great soundtrack and dance numbers. Poor film otherwise. 3 stars
12/15/03 what a visual feast - sensual and perfect 5 stars
10/07/03 Gregg Great feel good movie. Maybe it isnt Academy Award material but who cares. Watch it!!!! 5 stars
10/06/03 julie well maybe my review doesn't count bc i'd had to turn this godforsaken movie off 1 stars
9/19/03 Imallsticky Crap - Crap - Crap!!! 1 stars
9/06/03 Jay Miller Weak plot,, but what musical doesn't. Classic 1980's musical.w/wonderful music & dancing! 5 stars
4/29/03 Pinkline Jones Jennifer Friels Worst Performance - You Could see the zip in the Gorilla Suit 1 stars
8/24/02 wendy this is the best movie! wish Tina got more screen time. 5 stars
8/18/02 Tim Take it as a metaphor and you'll love it. 5 stars
8/09/02 underrated the bad reviews have to be from people who never saw it 5 stars
8/05/02 belly excellent dance movie! jennifer is beautiful. 5 stars
7/20/02 crs it's a good movie so fuck all of u 4 stars
6/15/02 Boz Soundtrack made 20 times more than the flick!!! 3 stars
4/25/02 1983 highly influential, beautiful cinematography, great soundtrack. 5 stars
2/25/02 kathy this movie was the best thing that happened to the 80's dont diss this beautiful movie 5 stars
1/06/02 Andrew Carden Not Too Bad If You Take It As Serious As It Wants You To. 3 stars
9/11/01 Butterbean Candy..the best dance movie would be "Breakin". 3 stars
7/21/01 Mark Take music video. Add an hour of two of lame backstory. Vomit repeatedly. 1 stars
7/16/01 Charlotte This movie wuz totally awesome, especially if you like dance, if you do then totally c this 5 stars
4/07/01 Candy McFarlane The BEST dance movie ever!!...totally inspirational!! 5 stars
3/15/01 Jake To ease the pain, put it on mute. 1 stars
3/14/01 totally Tired plot but fresh & natural performers & sparkling production. Killer soundtrack. 5 stars
3/05/01 JacksPraT this is one of the worst films i've ever seen-mediocre acting, overused plot make it CRAP 1 stars
11/30/00 Jo Awsome! 5 stars
8/06/00 Dave Exciting dance,rags to richs type movie, high energy. 5 stars
2/19/00 Frank It's apparent why no actors in this movie were ever heard from again. 2 stars
9/06/99 Nat. Great if you love to dance! Ideal to a person who has a dream & wants to acheive it! 5 stars
4/19/99 Boogaloo I want Jen 5 stars
4/18/99 jimmy jam i liked this shit. See it good soundtrack. Irene Cara is a diva 5 stars
11/25/98 Mr.Pink J. Beals can't act for shit! This movie is really terrible! A. Lyne's worst movie 1 stars
10/26/98 Silent Rob What cinematic turn hath MTV wrought??? Here it is. A time capsule unto itself. 4 stars
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