Film: Flashdance

Opened: April 15, 1983

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T. Heffner, Lee Ving, Ron Karabatsos, Belinda Bauer, Malcolm Danare, Phil Bruns, Micole Mercurio, Lucy Lee Flippin, Don Brockett, Cynthia Rhodes, Durga McBroom, Stacey Pickren, Bob Harks, Liz Sagal, Marine Jahan & Jumbo Red

Due to its memorable dances and incredible soundtrack – featuring Irene Cara’s Oscar-winning “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” – Flashdance remains an iconic film of the ‘80s even if it has a less-than-stellar storyline.

Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) dreams of dancing professionally and spends her days working as a welder for Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) while dancing at night at Mawby’s. After Nick sees Alex dancing, they fall for each other, and he pushes her towards her goal.

The relationship between Alex and Nick does not have strong development and feels surface level (he only notices his employee once he sees her dancing nearly naked). The age gap between the two in the film – and in real life – doesn’t allow for much connection.

Despite not doing her own dancing, Beals is fantastic in the lead role and plays well both on the innocent and sexual sides. Marine Jahan is Beals’ dance double and creates most of the standout moments.

Final say: Not the strongest feeling. ★★★☆☆

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