BY KENDALL ERICKSON
Year Released: 1983
How It Fared Back Then: The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, but was a major box office success. It became the third highest grossing film of 1983 in the United States and had a worldwide box-office gross of over $100 million. Overall, nearly every major film critic hated it. Roger Ebert even put it on his list of ‘Most Hated Films,’ but nonetheless, audiences loved it.
Why It’s Lasted: It’s hard to say. Probably because it’s shot almost like a series of rock videos-so while it is often referred to as a “musical”,’ it isn’t really. However, because it doesn’t have the firm label of “musical” that often drives a lot of viewers away if that isn’t their cup of tea; it’s a movie that’s accessible to both musical and non-musical movie lovers. Additionally, in a way, the movie sort of follows that classic Cinderella story plot–and who doesn’t love watching an underdog succeed?
- What a FEELING!!!!
- Alex exercising to “Maniac”
- “When you give up on your dream, you die.”
Does It Hold Up? I think so. The movie is pretty much a staple of 80s culture now, and we’re in a period where “everything old is new again.” So the music and fashion from movies such as this one are all coming back in style.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqBQWbjqCRo]