1983 R 1h 34m DVD


1983 R 1h 34m DVD
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Alex works as a welder by day and a stripper by night, but she dreams of training at the local conservatory and becoming a professional dancer. Meanwhile, she navigates a romance with her boss at the steelyard.
Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T. Heffner, Lee Ving, Ron Karabatsos, Belinda Bauer, Robert Wuhl
Adrian Lyne
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, despite its R rating, Midwest working-class setting, and sexy vibe, Flashdance is largely a fairy tale, a glamorous wish-fulfillment pop fantasy for teen girls on what being an adult is like. There's a brief visit to a graphic, downscale nudie bar (with bare breasts and buttocks on display), strong language (including "c--t" and "f--k"), and drinking and smoking. You might point out to your teens that working at a strip club is not as glamorous as it appears to be here.

Sexual Content

Characters dance in a provocative manner in a strip club throughout the film, but for most of the movie they remain clothed. Toward the end of the movie, one of the characters takes a job at a rival strip club and is shown dancing naked, with breasts and buttocks exposed. On a dinner date, a woman is shown raising her foot under the table to massage the groin area of the man she's on a date with. During a confession in church, the lead character talks about how she thinks about sex a lot.


Two male characters get into a fistfight, resulting in the broken nose of one of the characters. During a heated argument, a female character slaps a male character in the face repeatedly.


Occasional profanity. In one instance, the antagonist calls women "c--ts." Various permutations of the F-word. "Ass," "s--t," "goddamn." An aspiring comedian sticks out his tongue and says that it's a "lesbian with a hard-on." This same comedian is fond of making "Polack" jokes.

Social Behavior

The lead character, Alex, pursues her dream of attending a local conservatory and, despite her rigorous schedule of working as a welder by day and an exotic dancer at night, shows the importance of persistence and determination when pursuing a dream.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters smoke cigarettes and cigars. In bar and restaurant scenes, characters drink beer and wine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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