An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit.
It seems more pandering (and dated) than ever.
| Original Score: C
"Footloose" has the look and feel of an OK basic cable movie."
| Original Score: 2/5
In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose.
| Original Score: B-
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...
Paramount's Footloose reboot never quite cuts loose enough to distinguish itself from the original.
By the time four little girls teach a dorky guy to dance to (the original) "Let's Hear It for the Boy" I was a gelatinous blob of pure affection. Bring on "Flashdance" 2.0.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brewer has delivered a largely unobjectionable note-for-note facsimile of Herbert Ross's ode to teenage rebellion, young love and the unfettered joy of movement.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This new version will quite capably supply the same amount of carefree fun to a new generation. Which is exactly what a clever, if not particularly ambitious, remake sets out to do.
Footloose drags its heels to the senior prom and, when it finally gets there, shoves in one last punch-up that puts an odd spin on what should be an upbeat display of happy feet.
| Original Score: 2/4
Give credit to Craig Brewer, the filmmaker behind the new Footloose, for realizing a new step was in order.
| Original Score: B+
A new Footloose with sassier steps and the same contrived story is hardly necessary.
Stays remarkably close to its predecessor in all the ways that count.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's a vibrant youth musical that will appeal to audiences who haven't seen the 1984 original. And it has enough charm and life to it to compete with the memory of the earlier version.
Footloose 2011 is harmless as far as it goes, but on the dance floor and off it never goes nearly far enough.
Maybe there is something timeless in anachronism. Maybe Brewer has located the heart beneath the hoke.
It's an eruption of joyous, jitterbugging energy and a polished piece of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Every now and then, we need to be reminded that shaking your booty is something essential. Or, in the case of director Craig Brewer's Footloose update, shaking your rebooty.
Wormald lacks Bacon's charisma but Hough has an undeniable star quality, and Teller is a comic delight.
Clearly, Brewer has come to praise Footloose, not to bury it, and so he leaves Dean Pitchford's screenplay more or less intact. The result is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2011.
The movie plays like a slightly degraded version of the original: the dialogue is a little lamer, the acting a little poorer.
Somehow "Footloose" never finds its rhythm. The maudlin scenes drag on, and the livelier moments pass by too quickly.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
"Footloose" poses as a bold update, but it's shockingly out of step with the times.
It's pretty much the same movie, minus some of the more egregious '80s fashions.
Whatever limitations the movie has are part of its charm.
When a film depends on feeling something between the photogenic but antiseptic Wormald and Hough, and you don't, you realize why that film may come up short in ways unrelated to dance training.
This 2011 version is so similar - sometimes song for song and line for line - that I was wickedly tempted to reprint my 1984 review, word for word.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
None of the changes improves on the original Footloose, even though the two young leads are both professional dancers - didn't the budget allow for anything more than raft swinging and barn hoofing?
I don't know what Brewer wanted to capture. There are too many close-ups of stomping, swinging feet to suggest he cared about great choreography.
A pleasant reminder of the past for fans of the first one, and an agreeable-enough experience for everyone else.
In most regards (We still miss Kevin Bacon), this is a "new and improved" "Footloose," funnier, sunnier and funkier. Simply put, it works.
Wormald and Hough are both handsome and good on the dance floor, but they come across more like teen stars in training than representations of real youth angst.
It's startling how badly the dance numbers and action sequences are staged, shot and cut.
The plot may be straightforward but it's refreshing to see a modern dance film that tackles religion, convention and local law alongside the requisite forbidden romance.
This Footloose takes place in the same authentic, sweaty, lived-in South as his Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan.
While it's true that few viewers will venture into a theater showing this remake for the story, the screenplay should not be a detriment to enjoyment. Less talking and more dancing would have made for a more footloose and fancy-free environment.
While hewing closely to Footloose's original story and themes, Brewer's film throws the standard high school movie notion of a teenage caste system out the window.
Brewer puts just enough smarts, sweat and swagger into his version of the dance steps making up this film that you can't help but move your feet and hum along.
Brewer, who previously put his high-intensity spin on Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, displays his coolest moves in the way he smartly unties this Footloose from its 1980s moorings.
| Original Score: A-