In addition to his usual directorial skill and considerable choreographic experience, Herb Ross brings to Footloose an adult sensibility often lacking in troubled-teen pics.
To be sure, from its toe-tapping titles onward, Footloose is mainly a youth-oriented rock picture, complete with big-screen reminders of what’s hot today in music video. And there’s usually a stereo in sight to explain where the music’s coming from, even on the side of tractors. But by writing both the screenplay and contributing lyrics to nine of the film’s songs, Dean Pitchford has come up with an integrated story line that works.
Essential to the result is young Kevin Bacon, superb in the lead part. Bacon really just wants to get along in the small town he’s been forced to move to from Chicago. Sure to complicate his life, however, is pretty Lori Singer, a sexually and otherwise confused preacher’s daughter.
1984: Nominations: Best Song (‘Footloose’, ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy’)