Footloose 30th Anniversary
Kevin Bacon in 1984's 'Footloose' (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
'Footloose' Turns 30: Its Most Awesome 'Stuck in the '80s' Moments
When "Footloose," the original, Kevin Bacon "Footloose," opened in theaters 30 years ago this month, Barack Obama was writing business newsletters, Brad Pitt was a journalism major and the Apple Mac was three weeks old.
Ah, 1984. So colorful, so bursting with promise, so very, very, long ago.
We took a visit back there recently, and so can you. All you need to do is log onto Netflix — or better, fire up the VCR — and lose your blues, kick off those Sunday shoes and, switching it up here, let "Footloose" be your time machine. Prepare to be amazed at the sights and sounds of an ancient people strutting around to Kenny Loggins like they're all modern and stuff.
Here's our viewer's guide to the most awesome stuck-in-the-'80s moments from the dance-movie favorite:
Right there, in the film's opening, happy-feet montage, someone is wearing nylons. The someone appears to be under the age of 60. We know what you're thinking: What are pantyhose?
2. Regular-old Nikes!
There's a beat-up pair of Nike canvas high-tops in the opening. There are beat-up, low-cut pairs later in the movie. But there aren't Michael Jordan-branded Air Jordan Nikes anywhere because the first models didn't go on sale until 1985.
3. Sarah Jessica Parker as the sidekick!
It's a blast from the actress' "Square Pegs" past as Lori Singer, not the future "Sex and the City" star, turns the head of Bacon's big-city kid Ren.
4. A telephone booth! A boom box! A cassette tape! A video arcade! Tucked-in polo shirts! Feathered bangs! Pat Benatar hair!
About the only 1980s things missing from the big teen hangout scene (at the Hi-Spot diner) about 10 minutes into the movie are a mall and Molly Ringwald. And, just so you know we know, no, it's neither impossible nor implausible to find a modern-day kid giving Zaxxon a go at an arcade. But only an 1980s kid (or an annoyingly ironic adult) would play Zaxxon while in the act of wearing regular-old Nikes.
5. Kenny Loggins is loved without reservation and judgment!
In the Brewster update, the original Loggins-sung title track is the last thing a carload of doomed teenagers hears. In 1984, it is the thing that a school-full of happy teenagers hears again. And again. And again. Blake Shelton country-fied redos are not needed for these aficionados of straight-up pop.
6. The kids are constantly drinking non-diet Cokes; none of them are obese!
Or even slightly overweight. It's weird.