Fast Forward (1984)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Dance Film, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Feb 15, 1985 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In yet another rubber-stamped, mid-'80s teen dancing film, hot on the success of Flashdance, a group of high schoolers called the "Adventurers Eight" from Sandusky, Ohio (known by Midwest teens for its large amusement park), decide to undertake a journey to New York City to enter the Big Showdown, a dance competition with corporate sponsors. As though Sandusky were somehow insulated from the teen culture that otherwise spreads new trends like wildfire, these teens are not aware of the latest dance crazes on the streets of New York, something they pick up while in the city. But misfortune strikes, and they lose their one connection to entering the big contest. They then have to survive the usual con artists or worse -- look for another way to get into the competition. If this script had been rehauled by teens familiar with their real language and attitudes, then the title Fast Forward would apply more to the action in the movie than the remote control.

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behind-the-scenes, breakdancing, coming-of-age, competition, contest, dance [art], friendship, show-business, stars [celebrities]