Starring a young Tom Cruise, All the Right Moves is a rather dank film depicting desperate relationships between a high-school football team, an ambitious coach, and blue-collar fans all struggling in a dying Pennsylvania steel-mining town. Unlike other Cruise blockbusters, this film has a soundtrack filled with low-budget pop/rock obscurities peppered with '80s synthesizers and muted guitars. Only the midtempo title duet by Jennifer Warnes and Chris Thompson heard during the film's opening sequence and Frankie Miller's "Blue Skies Forever" punctuating the feel-good finale have any teenage passion or urgency. What's left over are instantly forgettable songs such as Winston Ford's flat Prince-like "Mr. Popularity," Junior's plastic-sounding "Unison," and Roach's punchless rocker "I Don't Wanna Go Down." This music is perhaps marginally sufficient for brief film appearances, but as an album, All the Right Moves fumbles in a losing effort.
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AllMusic Review by Craig Curtice