(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.
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
- with their dollars: an inexplicable hit, it grossed $95
million in the USA
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
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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