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Footloose (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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 and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process. -- (C) Paramount
Rating:
PG-13 (for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Box Office:
$51,780,537.00
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Cast

Julianne Hough
as Ariel Moore
Kenny Wormald
as Ren MacComack
Dennis Quaid
as Reverend Moore
Andie MacDowell
as Vi Moore
Miles Teller
as Willard
Ray McKinnon
as Wes Warnicker
Kim Dickens
as Lulu Warnicker
Ziah Colón
as Rusty
L. Warren Young
as Andy Beamis
Brett Rice
as Roger Dunbar
Maggie Jones
as Amy Warnicker
Mary-Charles Jones
as Sarah Warnicker
Anessa Ramsey
as Caroline
Frank Hoyt Taylor
as Mr. Parker
Jayson Warner Smith
as Officer Herb
Clay Chappell
as Councilperson
Tony Vaughn
as Councilperson
Staley Colvert
as Councilperson
Daniel Burnley
as Councilperson
Jack Davidson
as Councilperson
Alisa Pettit
as Councilperson
Tracy Goode
as Judge
Clayton Landey
as Coach Guerntz
John Still
as Track Official
Brian F. Durkin
as Big Cowboy
Amber Wallace
as Instructor
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Mrs. Allyson
D. Dylan Schettina
as Drive-in Bus Boy
Blair Jasin
as Bobby
Jasmine Cook
as Car Accident Victim
Reece Thomas
as Car Accident Victim
Ivey Lowe
as Car Accident Victim
Anna Marie Dobbins
as Car Accident Victim
Kevin Renard Fisher
as Woody's Cousin
Andrew Ruark
as Cotton Gin Worker
Travis Young
as Big Bubba
Jamal Sims
as Kegger D.J.
Spencer Liff
as Finale Dancer
Matthew Laraway
as Finale Dancer
Nicholas Lanzisera
as Finale Dancer
Glenda Morales
as Finale Dancer
Ahrielle Mace
as Finale Dancer
Candace Neolani Maxwell
as Finale Dancer
Abbye Myers
as Finale Dancer
Laura Edwards
as Finale Dancer
Christina Glur
as Finale Dancer
Michael Brandon Dizon
as Finale Dancer
Ivan Koumaev
as Finale Dancer
Dayna Michelle Harris
as Finale Dancer
Cory Graves
as Finale Dancer
Misha Hamilton
as Finale Dancer
Justin Michael De Vera
as Finale Dancer
Melanie Ullmann
as Finale Dancer
Gissette E. Valentin
as Cowboys' Dancer
Lisa Thomas
as Cowboys' Dancer
Brittny Sugarman
as Finale Dancer
Sharee Wise
as Cowboys' Dancer
Tyler Duncan Wall
as Cowboys' Dancer
Quincy Lamar Willis
as Cowboys' Dancer
Christian Owens
as Finale Dancer
Kayla Jenee Radomski
as Finale Dancer
Luis A. Rosado
as Finale Dancer
Harrison Jonathan Prater
as Cowboys' Dancer
Dakota Smith
as Finale Dancer
Monique Slaughter
as Cowboys' Dancer
Melissa Rummels
as Cowboys' Dancer
Carson Marie Seeley
as Finale Dancer
Miguel Angel Zarate
as Finale Dancer
Tucker Barkley
as Finale Dancer
Bianca Brewton
as Finale Dancer
Joshua Allen Andreacola
as Finale Dancer
Whitney Brown
as Finale Dancer
Jonathan Fritschi
as Cowboys' Dancer
Bboy Kid David
as Finale Dancer
Larke Hasstedt
as Cowboys' Dancer
Sean Bankhead
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Joey Hernandez
as Cowboys' Dancer
Madison Benson
as Kegger Dancer
William Ladd Skinner
as Cowboys' Dancer
Meryl Lester
as Cowboys' Dancer
Katherine Levy
as Cowboys' Dancer
Terrence Gilbert Green
as Kegger Dancer
Britney Chelene Thomas
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Brian Mason
as Cowboys' Dancer
Hannah Douglass
as Cowboys' Dancer
Dennis McKinnie
as Cowboys' Dancer
Brent L. Boxberger
as Cowboys' Dancer
Comfort Fedoke
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Brent Ours
as Cowboys' Dancer
Claire Callaway
as Cowboys' Dancer
Craig Brewer
as Kegger Dancer
Katherine Slatery
as Kegger Dancer
Tamara Levinson
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Michael McDonough
as Cowboys' Dancer
Kendra Andrews
as Cowboys' Dancer
Jonathan Sylvan Carey
as Kegger Dancer
Charles P. Carr
as Kegger Dancer
Sarah Connor
as Kegger Dancer
Kasey Davage
as Kegger Dancer
Chynna Dulac
as Kegger Dancer
Brett Frost
as Kegger Dancer
Ashlyn Henson
as Kegger Dancer
Cicely Kelley
as Kegger Dancer
Elysandra Quinones
as Kegger Dancer
Brandon Sauve
as Kegger Dancer
Allan Skeene, Jr.
as Kegger Dancer
Amanda Topper
as Kegger Dancer
Jasmine Badie
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Terence Terell Dickson
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Kiara Ely
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Hannah Huddleston
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Stephen Stevo Jones
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
JaQuel Knight
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Ron Myles
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Christopher Toler
as Drive-In Grill Dancer
Nanci Anderson
as Cowboys' Dancer
Jeffery Scott Bailey
as Cowboys' Dancer
Liana Blackburn
as Cowboys' Dancer
Bradley Taylor
as Cowboys' Dancer
Kelley Bradshaw
as Cowboys' Dancer
Robert Chabott
as Cowboys' Dancer
C. Ryan Chandler
as Cowboys' Dancer
Amanda Davisson
as Cowboys' Dancer
Troy Dela Rosa
as Cowboys' Dancer
Danella Dutton
as Cowboys' Dancer
Aisha Francis
as Cowboys' Dancer
Katherine Hough
as Cowboys' Dancer
Jeremy Craig Hudson
as Cowboys' Dancer
Dacia James
as Cowboys' Dancer
George Jones, Jr.
as Cowboys' Dancer
Megan Mackey
as Cowboys' Dancer
Keltie Colleen Minksky
as Cowboys' Dancer
Marriann Nelson
as Cowboys' Dancer
Marabeth Poole
as Cowboys' Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Footloose

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (40)

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

Full Review… | October 24, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

It seems more pandering (and dated) than ever.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

"Footloose" has the look and feel of an OK basic cable movie."

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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...

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Paramount's Footloose reboot never quite cuts loose enough to distinguish itself from the original.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Footloose

½

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.

Japes .
Japes .

Super Reviewer

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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

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!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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