I Love the 80's Edition
I don’t dance.  I don’t enjoy watching movies about dancing.  I don’t like watching television shows about dancing and I find America’s seeming fascination with them as just one more painful sign of our drastic loss of collective intelligence.  I did watch Honey, but that’s because Jessica Alba was in it.  Likewise, I also watched Save The Last Dance because of Jessica Stiles.  That’s out there just so you know what I went into this movie thinking about that underdeveloped genre.  Now there’s another classic dancing movie that’s available on DVD from out of our past.

Starting this February 3rd, now available on DVD from Paramount Studios and one of the most painfully iconic decades in American history comes a story about baggy sweatshirts, dancing and the will to desire a better life.  Flashdance is ready to leap out of your television screen and show you a story which will tug at the strings to your heart and make you believe in the power of dreams.  Bring home this exciting and musical film today!

Alexandra Owens is an eighteen year old girl who is a welder during the day and a dancer in a bar at night.  She has always dreamed of studying at the Pittsburgh Conservatory for her dance career but has been unable to get in.  She has no formal training, but the owner of the company she welds for notices her and they begin a relationship together.  She tries to get in again but fails and becomes a nude dancer.  Then her boyfriend pulls some strings to get her one last shot.  She gains friends and loses them, but it all comes together in an uplifting and ultimately still unresolved ending.  This movie stars Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Belinda Bauer and Lilia Skala.

The weak assortment of special features included in this DVD are a widescreen format, English and Spanish subtitles and Dolby Digital Surround Sound.  That’s painfully little, but it does also include a Limited Edition bonus CD with music from a-ha, Echo & The Bunnymen, INXS and Erasure.

I didn’t like this film.  If you like dance, or romantic films, or even the Flashdance look, then you just might enjoy it.  I did not.  I was shocked to learn that this was a Jerry Bruckheimer movie and that does explain some of the general lack of deeper meaning to anything.   And although Jennifer Beals is attractive, that God-awful eighties hair makes it nearly impossibly to watch this movie simply for her.  It is a movie which passes the time and has many songs, some award-winning, that are painful reminders of just what we all had to listen to back in that culturally lost decade.  Back when it was released, it was panned by critics yet was the third best grossing film on the year.  It’s entertaining and it sure does bring back the eighties in a way which few other films can match.

This movie just might make your heart Dance too!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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