City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

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Craig Brewer

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Dean Pitchford (screenplay), Craig Brewer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Wormald ... Ren
Julianne Hough ... Ariel
Dennis Quaid ... Rev. Shaw Moore
Andie MacDowell ... Vi Moore
Miles Teller ... Willard
Ray McKinnon ... Wes Warnicker
Patrick John Flueger ... Chuck
Kim Dickens ... Lulu Warnicker
Ziah Colon ... Rusty
Ser'Darius Blain ... Woody
L. Warren Young ... Andy Beamis
Brett Rice ... Roger Dunbar
Maggie Elizabeth Jones ... Amy Warnicker (as Maggie Jones)
Mary-Charles Jones ... Sarah Warnicker
Enisha Brewster ... Etta
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Storyline

Being a teenager is tough, and no one knows this better than Ren McCormack, a city kid with a strong feeling for music. Ren's life changes when he moves to a small town where rock-n-roll and dancing are criminal activities. When Ren falls in love with the reverend's daughter, Ariel Moore, the music pauses and Ren needs to shape up or make dancing a legal activity once again. Written by Olivia Meadows

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There comes a time to cut loose See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Kenny Wormald is actually a native of Boston, MA just like his character Ren McCormack. See more »

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Ariel is wearing different shoes at Prom than when she left the house. See more »

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[first lines]
Rev. Shaw Moore: *He* is testing us. Our Lord is testing us. Especially now, when we are consumed with despair. When we are asking our God why this had to happen. No parent should ever have to know the horror of burying their own child. And yet, five of Bomont's brightest have lost their lives. Among them, my only son... my boy, Bobby. We have other children to raise here in Bomont. And one day, they will no longer be in our embrace and in our care. They will belong to the world. A world filled ...
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This film is dedicated to Herbert Ross = 1927 - 2001. See more »

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Featured in Projector: Footloose (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing in Dee's Sheets
Written by Dean Pitchford, Bill Wolfer, Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Rachel Rickert, Julian Davis (as Julian Michael Davis), and Alana Da Fonseca
Performed by Rae featuring Chris Classic (as Classic) and Alana Da Fonseca (as Alana D)
Produced by Ali Dee (as Ali "Dee" Theodore) and Jason Gleed
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Despite not having a reason to actually exist, Footloose entertains and captures the charm of the original.
28 October 2011 | by leecjasterSee all my reviews

As a cynical movie writer, all the lines were ready to go once the chance to review Footloose finally arrived: "It's a BLT without the Bacon", "1980s cheddar is already old, now molding thirty years later.", and "(Insert rant on Hollywood remakes here)".

But damn-it, the Footloose remake doesn't suck; even if it has no reason to exist.

In the hands of director Craig Brewer, Footloose manages to overcome a one note plot (which was apart of the original as well), potentially obnoxious covers of the original soundtrack, and pulls out memorable performances from each of its leads.

The Footloose remake doesn't make any major changes to the plot line of the original, which essentially boils down to kids being legally prohibited to dance because of a car crash where several teenagers tragically died (they say drink responsibly in the TV ads... isn't that enough?)

Apparently, an epic fail of that size just can't go unpunished by forcing everyone who wants to dance to keep those moves at home – where they belong. Despite the law, young Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) is determined to shake things up and get his boogie on. Along the way, he'll attempt to woo the reverend's daughter, Ariel Shaw (Julianne Hough), while also taking down the preacher man himself (Dennis Quaid) at the city council.

The plot is laughable, cheesy, and amazingly Brewer manages to make it seem dramatic. No, there's never really a scene that moves past shallow, but there are moments where Hough and Wormald are able to engage in real emotions that have back-story and plausible reasoning. It's an accomplishment that should probably be awarded with an Oscar, but alas, it's not that kind of award show.

Among the many triumphs of Footloose, first and foremost is the dancing. It's simply stunning to watch, and is a mixture of step by step reproducing the original dance moves, and adding a new flare as well. The music is the same combination of old and new, and doesn't miss a step (except for the fact that Kenny Loggins's original Footloose plays during the opening scene where the aforementioned teenagers crash -- an obvious and egregious mixing of separate universes).

Special note should also be given to Miles Teller , who plays Willard, originally portrayed by Chris Penn. It seems blasphemous to say, but Teller is as charming as Penn was in 1984. It's once again proof that Brewer knew exactly what he was doing with this project, and each gamble paid off. Brewer didn't pull any punches (or slaps for that matter) in his attempt to update Footloose for the MTV generation… err from the MTV generation.

Okay, the whole MTV generation thing is confusing. Brewer achieves the update however, despite everything working against him, managing to gives the audience something between a choking laugh and a smile.

Overall

Casting two professional dancers in the lead roles turned out to be a winning decision in regards to dramatic elements, as well as the physical/musical ones. it's a shame that Footloose has to exist in the world, but now that it does, this reviewer is okay with it. Strip away all the years of Saturday night on TNT love for the original, and Footloose (2011) is just as exciting, cheesy, and engaging as the original (even without the Bacon).

On the Side

It's nice to see Dennis Quaid in a role that he doesn't phone in. Still, he's borderline. Maybe he just Skyped it in this time.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Footloose See more »

Filming Locations:

Franklin, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,556,113, 16 October 2011

Gross USA:

$51,802,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,543,328
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