ALEX ( FLASH­DANCE, 1983)

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SHE’S just a steel-town girl on a Satur­day night — who ap­par­ently can’t find bet­ter way to make rent than weld­ing all day and dump­ing buck­ets of wa­ter on her­self ( sorry, “ danc­ing”) at a bar by night. Look, it’s all just to show the au­di­ence that reach­ing for that rain­bow is hard work, you guys. Es­pe­cially if your dream-be­yond-dreams is to study at a pres­ti­gious dance con­ser­va­tory, and the only thing you can put un­der “ ex­pe­ri­ence” on the ap­pli­ca­tion form is “ five years of ac­ces­soriz­ing with leg­warm­ers.” But Alex’s ( Jen­nifer Beals) hard work, long hours ( and a sweet con­nec­tion through her boyfriend) even­tu­ally land her the au­di­tion that changes her life ( and went on to in­spire way too many mu­sic videos. We’re look­ing at you, J. Lo and Geri Hal­li­well).

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