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Footloose (2011)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 113 | Rotten: 47

While it hews closely to the 1984 original, Craig Brewer infuses his Footloose remake with toe-tapping energy and manages to keep the story fresh for a new generation.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 17

While it hews closely to the 1984 original, Craig Brewer infuses his Footloose remake with toe-tapping energy and manages to keep the story fresh for a new generation.



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Writer/Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film. Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music

Mar 6, 2012


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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (113) | Rotten (47) | DVD (14)

An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit.

October 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It seems more pandering (and dated) than ever.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (10)
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"Footloose" has the look and feel of an OK basic cable movie."

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard
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In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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May not make as great a dent in the current generation as the original film had, but it does offer up a commendable amount of energy and heart...

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source:
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Paramount's Footloose reboot never quite cuts loose enough to distinguish itself from the original.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (3)
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This remake could have audiences tapping their feet... as they wait for it to end.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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FEMA can take a day off because Footloose is one remake that won't be called a natural disaster, in fact, it's one hell of a good film.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Director Craig Brewer has Southernized the story...made it lighter on its feet.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It's unlikely that Brewer's Footloose will persuade many remake skeptics but the film does deliver surprisingly enjoyable character drama and exciting choreography.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

I can easily imagine this FOOTLOOSE being looked back on down the road as the film that launched these names much like how the '84 film is reflected on in terms of Bacon.

March 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

You either go all the way with it or simply roll your eyes when confronted by its terrible, cynical crassness.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

I'm sure there was some great choreography and some great dancing that went into this movie. You don't see any of it.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

It's taken me a long time to come to grips with this cinematic weakness - or maybe it's a blessing. I like dance movies, especially if the music is bouncy and it makes the characters happy. That's an infectious film sequence for me.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

It's as if the filmmakers decided, 'We're sticking with the basic script, but this ain't your mama's 'Footloose.'

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The latest Footloose is a step up from recent dance flicks.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

The characters, the scenes, the dancing, even much of the dialogue are all plugged into a rigidly prefabricated storyline that treats its 1984 predecessor more as holy writ instead of perishable Reagan-era cheese.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

It seems torn by a desire to appeal to every contemporary teenager's rebellious side, but remains too scared to cut loose from the things that made the original appeal to their parents.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The makers of 'Footloose 2.0' can be faulted for actually sticking too closely to the original.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieMaker Magazine
MovieMaker Magazine

While the 2011 version of the film doesn't suck, it isn't as good as the original ...

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

Better than I thought it would be, but not as good as I hoped it would be.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source:

...the film's overlength ultimately prevent[s] it from becoming the propulsive piece of work Brewer has clearly intended.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The dancing sequences are terrific - even the line-dancing is tolerable - but what really sells this quality reboot are the dashes of reality missing from the original.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

If you haven't seen the original and are happy to ignore some of the more mad script decisions, you might get a kick out of it, but otherwise, youre better off re-watching the movie that started it all.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

'I believe that any town where Dennis Quaid can wear pleated trousers should also be a town where kids can dance,' says Ren. 'But first, I will prove my bona fides by racing a school bus encrusted with stuffed animals!'

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieJuice!

Audience Reviews for Footloose

Letâ(TM)s get it out of the way: FOOTLOOSE is a very flawed film. The story is great, but it seemed to be failed by its God-awful script. I laughed out loud at lines so contextually funny (i.e. âThere will be no public displays of dancingâ¦â?). Thereâ(TM)s quite a few scenes and dialogue tags that make this seem unrealistic yet predictable. Again, the story is unique, but the screenplay seems to make this seem so familiar. Moreover, some aspects are unquestionably bad. The big standout is Dennis Quaid. His performance is so commonplace, and on top of that, every one of the sermons he gives throughout the film seems utterly contrived and difficult to believe.

FOOTLOOSE isnâ(TM)t a significantly bad film. It isnâ(TM)t particularly great, either. It has its flaws and it has its moments. There was one sequence that truly stuck out to me, which depicted a heated argument between Ariel and her father. I think it actually brought a few tears to my eyes. Wishing I was as I watched this for more emotionally brilliant, well constructed scenes like that one, but it just never happened. Still, this was a good amount of fun. To anyone who wants their toes tapping for two hours, this is certainly for you.

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June 22, 2012

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The boy from Boston sometimes has the accent and sometimes doesn't. The writing is awful because people DON'T talk like that ever. The pacing is too quick and that boy makes friends super fast doesn't he? Horrible acting too. I couldn't finish it; it was really lame.
May 24, 2012
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There comes a time to cut loose

Good remake! Not as good as the original but pretty much the same storyline. While the nostalgia factor may cloud the memories of some people, the original Footloose is really nothing more than a fun diversion packed alongside an absolutely infectious soundtrack that is still great even today. It is a fairly silly film really, but with the help of Kevin Bacon's 1984-era charm and charisma, the film remains a wildly enjoyable film. Yet somehow, in remaking the film for an audience in 2011, it seems like the filmmakers missed more than a few steps along the way. 'Footloose' is about celebrating the spirit of youth through the freedom of movement, so expect the characters to speak passionately about how dancing isn't just a frivolous activity, or worse still an act of rebellion against authority. But while these other films were simply content to wow their audiences with some spectacular dance moves, Brewer surprisingly places story and character front and center, using dance only as a device to either. The 80s version had more energy and focus. People bashed this movie before they saw it and even after wards their minds are wrapped up in their biased critique. Remakes are not made to outdo the original, but to modernize it for the next generation. It was truly amazing, nodded at the original and kept it tight. Go see it for fun!

Ren MacCormack moves from the city of Boston to a small southern town, where life is very different. An accident, in which five teenagers were killed after a night out, shocked the small town's community. The local councilmen and Reverend Shaw reacted to the incident by banning loud music and dancing. Ren stands up to the ban and, in the process, falls in love with the Reverend's daughter.
May 12, 2012
Manu Gino

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I came into this braced to be disappointed. I enjoyed the original so much, that I just knew this would be a let down. Well, I think they made this movie with the intent to please fans of the older one. I thought the remade scenes payed a lot of homage to the original, but still made it new. A well done, very enjoyable updated version of a classic. ............and the last major dance scene had me clapping like the complete dork that I am!! :) yay!
April 11, 2012

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    1. Ariel: Oh, stop it! I hate it when you treat me like I'm a child!
    2. Rev. Shaw Moore: Well whether you like it or not, you are my child!
    3. Ariel: I'm not even a virgin!
    4. Rev. Shaw Moore: Please, don't talk like that.
    5. Ariel: Why. what are you gonna do, pass another law? Because that sure as hell didn't keep him out of my panties!
    – Submitted by Tim N (20 months ago)
    1. Ariel: Bobby spent his whole life trying to make you proud. Now nobody remembers the good things about him! All they remember is that damn accident!
    2. Rev. Shaw Moore: You will lower your voice and speak in a civil tone--
    3. Ariel: WHY?!?! Isn't this my church, where I'm supposed to talk about my problems? It's been 3 damn years, so why don't we start talking? I have been so lost. I've been losing my mind, and you don't even see it! You don't even care!
    – Submitted by Tim N (20 months ago)
    1. Ariel: Do you wanna kiss me?
    2. Ren: Someday.
    3. Ariel: What's this someday shit?
    – Submitted by Matthew C (2 years ago)
    1. Chuck: Being a preacher's daughter don't give you a free pass in acting like a slut.
    – Submitted by Matthew C (2 years ago)
    1. Willard: They make you dance with your mother.
    – Submitted by Sarah C (2 years ago)
    1. Willard: Get some!
    – Submitted by Justin D (2 years ago)
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