Flashdance (1983) from Tuna

Flashdance (1983) was well-named, in that it is all flash and dance, with a very weak Cinderella plot, and little character development.

Jennifer Beals stars as a welder by day, club dancer by night, who dreams of being in a repertory troupe, despite never having had a dance lesson in her life. Her boss sees her dance, and falls for her. Her best friend (Sunny Johnson), who works at the same club, dreams of being in the Ice Capades. The friend has her last chance tryout, blows it badly, and goes to work in a strip club. Beals goes in and drags her out in the name of friendship. Seeing what happened to her friend when she gave up on her dream, Beals gathers the courage to try out for the dance troupe.


Beals shows most of her buns dancing, and most of a breast in down shirts.  Johnson shows breasts when being dragged from the strip club, and two other strippers also show breasts and buns. They are played by Bettina Birnbaum and Deirdre L. Cowden, but I have no idea which was which.

DVD info from Amazon

  • widescreen anamorphic

It is dominated by a hard-pulsing disco beat. If that is your idea of fun, you will probably find something to like in this musical romance story. It is no better or worse than the other disco dance films. If you are like me, then disco represents a little bit of what hell might be like. 

The Critics Vote

  • The title song was hugely popular, and won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

The People Vote ...

  • with their dollars: an inexplicable hit, it grossed $95 million in the USA
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C.

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