Sometimes a movie can start off perfectly well and maybe even sustain your interest for a good part of the running time and then BOOM it suddenly turns for the worse. Here's a very good example: I recently rented Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever written and directed (and featuring a short, "Cobra"-looking cameo from) Sylvester Stallone. Why I would rent this movie, which has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is none of your concern. Okay, it's for a project involving '80s movies set in NYC. Anyway, a critical score that terrible is always worthy of a must-be-seen-to-be-believed glance.

So, I'm watching the movie, and it's really not that bad. I must note that I don't particularly like the original except for the music, and Staying Alive pays off nearly as well as far as cheesy soundtracks go (Sly did his brother Frank a favor by prominently featuring his music and his acting "talent"). Compared to SNF, the sequel has double the leading ladies (Cynthia Rhodes and Finola Hughes), and both are actually attractive and so-so actresses, unlike the awful Karen Lynn Gorney. And the plot, in which Tony Manero (John Travolta) tries to make it as a dancer on Broadway while disrespecting the woman who loves him by aiming instead for the stuck up star, could definitely be worse.
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