D: Herbert Ross
Paramount/Indieprod (Lewis J. Rachmil & Craig Zadan)
USA 🇺🇸 1984
107 mins
W: Dean Pitchford
DP: Ric Waite
Ed: Paul Hirsch
Kevin Bacon (Ren McCormick), Lori Singer (Ariel Moore), John Lithgow (Rev. Moore), Dianne Wiest (Vi Moore), Chris Penn (Willard Hewitt), Sarah Jessica Parker (Rusty)
This 1980's variant on Rebel Without A Cause is sheer guilty pleasure nonsense saved by a soundtrack of memorable songs made famous by Kenny Loggins, amongst others.
Kevin Bacon launched his acting career as Ren McCormick, a rebellious new high school student who wants his school to put on a dance in a town where all forms of pop music are banned by the local parish.
He fights the system, gets his own way and come the big school dance everyone in the small town can deliver amazingly choreographed movements like it wasn't banned in the first place.
The most surprising thing of all is that it was inspired by a real-life ban on pop music and dancing in a small Oklahoma town which went back 88 years.
Typically cheesy 80's stuff, not without its flaws, but the soundtrack alone makes it the stuff of legend. Kick off your Sunday shoes and enjoy.