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Loved it in '84 and LOVE IT IN 2011!
I'm a big fan of the '84 version of this FUN movie, so when I went into the theater I was apprehensive. BUT! It won me over.
The plot is spun in the direction of life as it is TODAY... recession, tougher times. Our lead, Ren (Kenny) is edgy (kinda James Dean like). Kevin Bacon's Ren wasn't living thru a recession, so it makes sense that Ren (Kenny) isn't as light hearted. He's more serious... cool!
Julianna Hough was just great... kinda a young, dancing Jen Aniston. The girl can DANCE and ACT! She is a true star. I hope she continues to get more opportunities to prove herself.
Dennis Quaid was excellent as the preacher/Dad.
I like the way the music people incorporated the original music with the new music. That was clever as the original music would have been tough to beat and they didn't try... good thing! Upon leaving the theater I asked several people what they thought and they all compared it to the '84 version. It is natural to do that, but try not to! This new version is a standalone even though it is similar. If given the chance both versions will win you over; double the fun.