Flashdance Vs. Footloose

There are two people in the world. Those that prefer Footloose, and those that prefer Flashdance. Me: Footloose. Literary analysis of plot character motivation and themes. Method? Post-structuralist, baby. OK it’s been 10 years since I did any form of serious literary anything, so it’s a shallow attempt, and yet, I try.

flashdance.jpg footloose.jpg
Protagonist’s Occupation Welder by day, erotic dancer by night High school kid, gymnast
Global Myths Debunked Erotic Dancers Are Not Dancers, They’re Strippers Rock Music Sends You To Hell
Romantic Motivation Plays footsie with boss at chichi restaurant Flirts with the Preacher’s daughter
80’s Fashion Contribution Off-the-shoulder sweatshirt trend, leg warmers Tight acid wash jeans and spikey clean hair
Signature Dance Move Sweat flinging from her Geri-curled hair while quickly pounding her feet Running through a vacant mill flipping around in a white t-shirt
Character Motivation Class mobility- moving from exotic to ballet dancer Debunking myth, changing community perceptions, getting girl.


  1. Pingback by Starked SF, Unforgiving News from the Bay » Blog Archive » Linker Barn: Wednesday January 3, 2007 (formerly Talk of the Town)

    Posted on January 3, 2007 at 10:10 am

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  2. Comment by Liz

    Posted on January 7, 2007 at 10:55 am

    But what about “Breakin’ II: The Electric Boogaloo”?


  3. Pingback by banane » Blog Archive » Living in Literary History

    Posted on January 10, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    […] OK it’s all worth it for Don Sanchez wearing that beret. I read On the Road and (gasp) didn’t really like it. I got a lot of shit for that in college- where we were all pretending to be postmodern- we called it “pomo” not to be confused with the Native Americans of the same name–geek punks writing really obtuse crazy stuff. To not like On the Road was to not like Bob Dylan, or to not like Joni Mitchell. Who did I like instead? Well, if you think there are two people in the world- those that like Flashdance and those that like Footloose, I’d say there is also a binary test that’s quite accurate: those that like Wordworth and those that like Blake. In my life I’ve waffled between them. Currently, I’m in a distinctly Wordsworth frame of mind. I was in Blake world for a long time. Anyways, when I’m feeling puckish, it’s Blake and I can stomach the beats. When I’m feeling complex and introspective, it’s Wordsworth. […]

  4. Comment by Bluebear12

    Posted on February 1, 2007 at 7:21 am

    Its Footloose for me. My Favorite highlights are the starting credits, the corny dance in the mill and the overal dancing.
    There was better music and more of a story in Footloose compared to Flashdance.
    The only pros of Flashdance for me were the climax dance scene, the girls and the nude bar.

  5. Comment by hip hop clothing

    Posted on March 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    i like them both.the theme song are great,once you heard the song,you feel dancing all through out.no need of comparison.i love it.

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