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This is going to stir all those who hit puberty in the early 80's with Jennifer Beal tacked on to their bedroom wall. I've just dug out the soundtrack from the Giorgio Moroder section on my shelf. I can still listen to that, but I'm not sure what's going to happen when I see the film again nearly 40 years since I last saw it.
 
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Robin, if you didn't see it at the time, I'd probably skip it, as I think the only interest FLASHDANCE might have is of nostalgia. It's all about who you saw the movie with and what you were doing at the time. The John Hughes films from the same period, especially THE BREAKFAST CLUB, still hold up because they were classically made and character based. FLASHDANCE is a feature length Bud lite commercial crossed with a bunch of neo-avant music videos. What I found most interesting is a performance piece which reiterates the most iconic image from VIDEODROME, which was released a few months earlier. Pittsburgh has never looked more beautiful, continually bathed in a golden glow, though many of the landscapes are the same used for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Very slick, but the superficiality gets to you after a while. There are no characters, just a lot of posing. Makes LA LA LAND seem like MACBETH. Also, one really has to have a strong liking for the music of Michael Sembello, which I do not. Listening to all those tacky synth textures again makes me happy it's no longer the 80's, which seemed to go on forever.
 

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I've never seen this film. Is it any good?
I agree with Kevin that this is a picture that if you were not there at the moment then it is not really worth visiting. Jennifer looks wonderful, she still does actually...but is it a good movie? No, it is not. It's not even sort of good or so bad it is good...it is just...well...bad.
 

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I don't know how it holds up today.

For its time and the fact that we were all younger then, it was just perfect.
I wasn't especially young then which indirectly is why I haven't seen the film. I doubt I'd enjoy it so I'll continue to steer clear of it.
 

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I wasn't especially young then which indirectly is why I haven't seen the film. I doubt I'd enjoy it so I'll continue to steer clear of it.
It's definitely a case of "You had to be there". If you enjoyed it in 1983, then no doubt there's a nostalgic factor (as with most 80s films). If you didn't see it then, it's merely an artifact of where mainstream cinema was in the 1980s.
 
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It seems almost like a "period piece" circa the mid-1980s. If I was 10 years younger or older, I wouldn't think much of this movie.

I thought the soundtrack was able to stand up to the test of time, but not the movie.
 

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No, it is not. It's not even sort of good or so bad it is good...it is just...well...bad.
I disagree with this opinion. ;)

I thought it was/is a fun little film. With a good soundtrack.

Of course ymmv.
 

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This is a pretty funny summation of the things that make this film a 96 minute eyeroll. I was 14 in 1983 and even at that age knew I was seeing a complete Turkey, and was baffled by everyone's obsession with it.

 

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It's very good if you watch it in 30 second segments stretched out over three years.

It's also the kind of movie Pauline Kael had in mind when she wrote, "It would be a great film to read by, if there were light enough in the theater."
 

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It's very good if you watch it in 30 second segments stretched out over three years.

It's also the kind of movie Pauline Kael had in mind when she wrote, "It would be a great film to read by, if there were light enough in the theater."
Like I said....

Your Mileage May Vary
 

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I disagree with this opinion. ;)

I thought it was/is a fun little film. With a good soundtrack.

Of course ymmv.
At the time it came out some reviewer described the film as a 90 minute beer commercial and that's a pretty good description of it. The director was one of a group of English commercial directors that took the movie business by storm in the late 1970s-1980s that included Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Alan Parker, and of course Lyne. Their trademark was lots of visual "flash" (pun intended) and Lyne did shoot the picture as if it were a long music video. I think if you are looking at or studying this style then this film is worth a watch. If you have nostalgia for this sort of thing then sure indulge...but I honestly don't think this is a good movie. Of course, yes, that is just my opinion.

Also worth noting here, Lyne is back after nearly 20 years without making a picture with Deep Water. Which is, of course, a sexy thriller involving infidelity with Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. So, great timing by Paramount getting this out now. Personally, I'm not a fan of this kind of picture and I think Eszterhas kind of sucks as a writer.

So, yes, I get no mileage out of this at all.
 

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