Footloose (1984) - Parents Guide Movie Rating

MPA: PG BBFC: 12 Maturity Rating 13+

BBFC Reason
Contains moderate violence and references to sex and drugs

BBFC Ratings info
FOOTLOOSE is a romantic drama about teens who rebel against their hometown's rules against dancing. Violence: There are two scenes of violence, including a couple fighting after a verbal exchange with a small nosebleed resulting. Sex: There are moderate sex references delivered by an angry boyfriend taunting his girlfriend. Drugs: There are infrequent references to soft drug use, but this not condoned in the film as a whole. There is also some moderate bad language (‘bitch’), and infrequent scenes of dangerous behaviour including a teenage girl standing on two moving cars and standing on a railway line as a train approaches.

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Sex & Nudity


Rear male nudity

Violence & Gore


A brick is thrown through a house window, scaring two small children and injuring one. Minor blood is visible. Some mild violence throughout. The worst scenes are where certain men abuse, and harm women. The most bloody scenes are those of where people get into fights, one in particular where a man get punched in the nose and it has a lot of blood around it. Two separate fights, including one fistfight and one bar fight. Willard (Christopher Penn) receives a very bloody nose during one while the other includes several severe hits. One intense scene in which Ariel (Lori Singer) is hit several times by her ex-boyfriend after she hit him and his truck. She is shown with a bloodied mouth and a black eye.



Towards the end of the movie there is a fight Godd**n is said a few times H*ll is said at least once. D*mn is said several times. Sh*t is said. *ss and *sshole are said several times. Sh*t is said at least 6 times. "Son of a b*tch" is said at least three times. Most of the profane language is said by teenagers, as well as some minor name calling.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking


The main character, high schooler Ren, smokes cigarettes often and during several scenes. There is some use of alcohol and cigarettes but its all quite mild. Teenager Ren (Kevin Bacon) is shown blowing off his frustration by smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer. The four main characters, Ariel, Ren, Willard and Rusty (Lori Singer, Kevin Bacon, Christopher Penn and Sarah Jessica Parker), go to a bar and drink alcohol. Willard, particularly, drinks many beers and is shown smoking a cigarette. Another student offers Ren a joint as a "free sample" and offers to sell him more. Ren flushes it down a toilet to avoid a teacher's questions.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


Ariel stands in front of a fast moving train and is knocked out of its path by another person at the last moment. There are several scenes where men abuse women, which can be hard to watch. There are a few emotionally charged scenes that may also be hard to watch.