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Footloose Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

A dated rebellion tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the music and movement will keep preteens entertained, but the sexual material and profanity may be too mature for the youngest. Teens will enjoy the energy of it, but the music is dated and the central conflict (to hold a dance or not) is a bit hard for teens to buy.

  • Families can talk about how we stand up for our values.
  • What would you have done in Ren's shoes?
  • How do you relate to authority figures similar to the one portrayed by John Lithgow?

The good stuff
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    Messages: To keep fighting for what you believe in... or keep dancing for what you believe in.

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    Role models: A girl straddles a moving car and a pickup truck. Two boys play a game of chicken in tractors, but ultimately Ren is a charismatic bad-boy gone good.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Fisticuffs. One bloody nose and one person knocked out.

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    Sex: Teens talk about ordering diaphragms through the mail, masturbation, and going all the way. Two teens are seen getting dressed after they've obviously had sex. We see bare male bums in a shower. There are numerous comments about the preacher's daughter's promiscuity.

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly mild, including "asses" and "bulls--t." The worst is probably "bitch in heat."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens talk of "sniffing spray starch" as a means of getting high. The cool kids smoke cigarettes, drink, and even use a little pot (though smoking dope is mostly frowned upon).