Footloose

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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

Cast

Julianne Hough
as Ariel Moore
Kenny Wormald
as Ren MacComack
Dennis Quaid
as Reverend Moore
Miles Teller
as Willard
Ray McKinnon
as Wes Warnicker
Kim Dickens
as Lulu Warnicker
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
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
Clayton Landey
as Coach Guerntz
John Still
as Track Official
Brian F. Durkin
as Big Cowboy
Amber Wallace
as Instructor
D. Dylan Schettina
as Drive-in Bus Boy
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
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
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
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
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

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Audience Reviews for Footloose

  • May 24, 2012
    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 . Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2012
    As far as remakes go "Footloose" is one of the better ones. It takes the same story, adds a few updates, and maintains what made the original a classic. The music is good, the dancing is cheesy, and the acting is campy(there I said it Bob). For those that don't know the story, it's a story about a town that has been affected by tragedy. Five teenagers were killed in a car accident after a party. The parents then decide to outlaw dancing, partying, basically take all the fun of being a teenager away. Then Ren(Kenny Wormald) moves to town from Boston and tries to change things through the power of dance(lol). There's one scene that is just so damn cheesy it makes the movie. Ren is mad at life and the authorities so he just dances his frustrations out at an old abandoned barn, it's pretty funny. Girls will probably love this movies, and guys will either roll their eyes or go along for the ride. Could it have been better? Sure, I mean the original is better, but it is what it is. Worth a watch.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2012
    Why remake this beloved '80s classic film? I don't know, but it's a pretty good remake. It's the age old tale of teenagers fighting the power when a small town bans public dancing. Newcomers Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough do especially well as the leads, and give great performances (though Wormald is no Kevin Bacon). The story is written especially well, with a lot of solid character development. And the dancing, of course, is amazingly good without being too gratuitous or gimmicky. Footloose definitely has the spirit of the original, and delivers a smart, energetic film that's a lot of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2012
    When people say that this movie sucks simply because it's a remake, I automatically think one of the following: A) They don't know what the hell they're talking about. B) They're morons. C) Both A & B. Seriously, if you're going to say a movie sucks, then have an actual reason for it, not some bullshit concocted from your sheer stupidity, & anti-remake crap. Just because it's a remake, doesn't make something crap, nor does a movie that is original automatically makes it great. That's like saying a film that is being done by Pixar is automatic gold without even watching the previews to it. Remakes can be good if they tried, like this one, or they can be nothing but utter shit, like The Grudge. So if you're going to say a movie sucks, then say it to a movie that does suck (like Cars[2]). Now, as far as reviewing the movie goes, let's get started: Cast/Acting: The casting choices in this film are by far much better than they were in the original. The actors in here look exactly like teenagers, whereas Kevin Bacon & most of the others in the original looked nothing like teenagers; in fact, Bacon pulled off the teenage look as much as Arnold Schwarzenegger pulled off the Mr. Freeze look in Batman & Robin. As far as performances go, they're excellent. The only casting choice I question in this movie is Dennis Quaid, who plays the church pastor. Plot/Story: Like the consensus says, it hues very closely to the original, & it actually manages to do a much better job. The plot stays the same, new boy comes into town, & tries to change it's laws that are full of bull (OMG that rhymes!!). It fills in plenty of things that weren't done in the original one, & adds & changes many of them to make it more realistic as well as modern. Heck, the film even shows ***Spoiler, skip to the next paragraph to avoid a spoiler*** the accident that happened when the young teens were listening to music on their way back home.***Spoiler end*** Yes, sometimes the plot gets cheesy, & on very rare occasions, corny, but it has enough talent, energy, & fun in it to make up for it. Soundtrack: The songs in the movie are all remakes from the original songs as well. And boy, are they amazing! Each song has been completely remade, from the opening theme "Footloose" sung by Blake, to "Dancing in the Sheets" sung by David Banner feat Denim, & even "Let's here it for the boy" sung by Jana Kramer. Each song is remixed into a different genre to fit the movie's moments, & even as what the songs are alone, they are still great. But that's not to say that the songs in the original were crap, oh no, in fact, I love the soundtrack from the original as well. Bought them both, put them in my iPod, & listen to them constantly. Coordination: This is one of the things that makes this movie far superior to the original, and its the dancing. In the original, the focus was supposed to be the killer dance moves, however, there was much more talking than there was any dancing. In this one, it fixes that. The dancing is solid, & makes up a lot of the movie. Not once was I not amazed at the great dance moves, I even told myself I could dance like that myself if I had enough self esteem. Direction: Craig Brewer is officially one of my favorite directors after this movie. Black Snake Moan was amazing enough, & after watching this movie, he amazed me at how great he is & how much effort he puts into his movies (regardless of the small amount that he's made). He is one of those directors who is not boring in his style or writing, & still manages to take his time to make a good movie. He is one of those directors that no matter how much you didn't like his movie, it's not a bad films, because he can direct. He directs this movie with a mellow atmosphere, & manages to keep it true to it's source while also giving it that modern take that works perfectly on this remake. Dialogue: This might be the only true flaw the films has. While the dialogue isn't technically bad, it's just the weakest part of the film. A lot of the words the characters spew from their mouth is almost the same as the original. Some of it improves, but a lot of it just stays the same from the first one. Characters: While there was some character development in the original, this one here beats it by a long shot. Each character, especially Ren, was further developed to the point where you could actually like them, well, with the exception of the asshole boyfriend Ariel gets. Ariel's character is also far more realistic, & less annoying than the Ariel from the original. Final summation, this is a great remake that does great as a modern adaption, & still works great for what it is. Whoever says this movie sucks simply because it's a remake, grow up & quit with your anti-remake bullshit.
    Frisby 2 Super Reviewer

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