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3.0 out of 5 stars
Released a year too late!!, May 10 2009
Well, I just saw this movie for the first time today (May 9, 2009), and I think the acting was not that bad, approaching what was going on in Grease, as far as secondary characters and throughlines go. Scenes are acted completely with lots of action and business and in-the-moment stuff - and lots of comedic moments based on good characterization happen as a result. Each scene is acted with a situation arc that continues onward in to the next. Even Mr. Jenner does an agreeably complete performance before the script lets him down.
I think Can't Stop suffered because of the unexpected Disco backlash more than anything else. The script is awful, I agree, but production numbers are first rate and worth a look. There is far more happening in each scene here than in Olivia's Xanadu (could her male lead have been more wooden and incompentent?). One wonders what might have happened had Olivia done the movie as originally planned instead of Valerie Perrine as far as final popular appeal goes, but Ms Perrine works well with the limited material available.
Had this have been released in the summer of 1979, the reviews and pop culture position would have been far different. Disco has since resurrected itself in popular culture and on many retro FM radio formats. If anything, this movie proves that Disco WAS a worldwide gay/black/female phenomena (Disco Stu on The Simpsons notwithstanding) and was crucified at the hands of str8 male suburbia in 1980, as was a lot of music and culture: remember the massive sudden radio format shifts and resultant fashion changes that happened? The Police and Cheap Trick wouldn't have had careers. Perhaps the Gay Community wouldn't have galvanized in the remaining "underground" discos to escape the fallout, and find a voice that would be needed to face the oncoming AIDS crisis. Had we known that Disco/dance music would not only survive, but ultimately supplant white male rock by the late 80's, we could have saved ourselves a lot of angst! But, like many things, once the homophobia sets in, no one sees or appreciates the art and wit behind it.
Though this movie is no Saturday Night Fever with a social comment to make, or Kramer vs. Kramer for that matter by a long shot, it IS a fluff rags-to-riches musical story, and should be seen as such. Such themes have been around since the 1920's - Judy Garland wouldn't've had a career if her father hadn't had a barn to mount a show in, and many great composers' works would not now be regarded as American Standards!! And, it's a true "musical", in which the characters SING, unlike the prereleased Thank God It's Friday or following Flashdance and Footloose movies, where they just dance.
Xanadu made it to Broadway - now how about Can't Stop The Music - The Musical!! Baz Lhurmann, are you reading this?
Now, who remembers Times Square, the ode to New Wave and Punk??