For a time capsule, Thank God It's Friday holds up pretty well, featuring some very funny performances, lightweight action, and glittery energy. Whether or not the disco era produced great music is a matter of opinion, though the film is packed with top-notch examples of the sound, from dance diva Donna Summer's Oscar-winning signature tune "Last Dance" to the spectacularly physical funk of the Commodores. Future stars Debra Winger and Jeff Goldblum do well in these early appearances, though it's Chick Vennera who stands out as the vivacious Leather Man, dispensing disco wisdom to the faithful and performing a show-stopping dance number upon the hoods of parked cars. While about as brain dead as the average Love Boat episode, Thank God It's Friday is still sharp enough to be entertaining, especially for those with an affection for the lost years of the late '70s.
by Fred Beldin review