It does not make me want to kick off my Sunday shoes. Oowhee Marie.
It's time to cut Footloose from your list of movies to see this
weekend (get used to the Footloose lyrics, I am going to do
this all the way throughout the review until Kenny Loggins sues me for
In case you didn't see the original (and, believe me, all of the same
scenes are here if you didn't), Kenny Wormald stars as Ren McCormack -
a troubled teen from Boston who moves in with his Uncle Wes (Ray
McKinnon) because the kid's mother has passed away. Ren finds himself a
long way from chowder land as he tries to settle into this small town
of Bomont (Georgia?), and, when he's not working so hard and punching
his card, the kid wants to dance! However, Bomont banned dancing a few
years ago after some kids got killed in a horrible car accident coming
home from a dance party (if you are looking for logic, you are in the
Sure, Ren wants to play it cool and obey every rule, but he has got to
cut footloose! Between trying to convince the town's preacher, Rev.
Moore (Dennis Quaid), dancing is OK and trying to win the heart of the
Reverend's wild child daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough), he's going to
hit the ceiling or else he will tear up this town!
Will Ren and the kids at school be able to have a dance without getting
Can Ren convince everybody you can fly if you'd only cut loose?
Footloose stinks. Mostly, you can chalk that
up to taking scenes, ideas and themes from an almost 30-year old movie
(yep, I was shocked when I did the math, too) and trying to make them
Writer/director Craig Brewer, an avowed fanatic of the original Footloose,
tries too hard to stay faithful to the original, but the movie's
ultimate downfall is the story itself.
Back in 1984, the world was such a bigger place that a kid like me
honestly believed it was possible some tiny, crazy town out in the
middle of nowhere might actually ban dancing. In 2011, you can't hide
from pop culture, the internet, TV and modern society even if you set
up camp in the middle of Amish Country, and attempts to impose any kind
of religiously or morally based action and behavior on teens is a lost
cause. Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian are more powerful than the town
preacher. These facts make Footloose all the more implausible.
Plus, the original Footloose was one of the first movies to
merge music, MTV and a movie to such perfection. It was so culturally
significant, you couldn't get away from it, and it felt more special
than any movie released today, which are gone and forgotten after
As far as the rest of it, Wormald might be best known for playing
Dancer in Clerks II and Dancer in You Got Served and
Dancer #10 on The Drew Carey Show, but you can't blame him for Footloose.
He's serviceable, obviously trying very hard, and, with a better movie,
I could see him doing well. Sure, people laughed at his big dramatic
solo dance at the abandoned factory (the classic angry dance that made
Bacon a star), but that just goes to show you how times and tastes have
McKinnon might as well be billed as The Woefully Underused Ray
McKinnon. He's fun and creates a character full of common sense who
perfectly delivers his lines with a mix of sarcasm with truth, while
Miles Teller steals the show as Willard - the football player who wants
to learn how to dance and becomes Ren's best buddy.
As far as Hough, well, umm, she's very pretty. Sure, I'd like her to
shake it, shake it for me (that's a line from the Footloose
song, which doesn't make it less creepy and pathetic, but I need to
make some excuse for writing that). However, Hough seems to have one
style of acting. Flat.
Next time I try to walk into a theater showing this Footloose,
you got to turn me around and put my feet on the ground, so I can walk
out as quickly as possible.
Footloose is rated PG- 13 for some teen drug
and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language.