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  • Summary: Ren MacCormack 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 belovedRen MacCormack 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 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 in the process. (Paramount Pictures) Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 5, 2011
    91
    Stepping into sacred shoes once worn by Kevin Bacon, Wormald handily owns the role for a new audience. Same goes for a terrific Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole) in the sidekick role of Willard so memorably originated by the late Chris Penn.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 13, 2011
    75
    The new Footloose does everything it needs to do. It's a vibrant youth musical that will appeal to audiences who haven't seen the 1984 original. And it has enough charm and life to it to compete with the memory of the earlier version.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Oct 14, 2011
    63
    Plotwise, though, Brewer's Footloose is anything but loose. In fact, it's rigidly loyal to the original, to the point of slavishness.
  4. Reviewed by: James White
    Oct 10, 2011
    60
    There have been far, far worse remakes out there. Harmless, feel-good fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 13, 2011
    60
    Oddly, Craig Brewer has softened the tone for his remake. But nearly everything else remains intact, and -- surprisingly -- that's just enough to win us over.
  6. 50
    While dance sequences are not particularly well edited compared to the new breed of dance flick, Wormald and Hough are exciting hoofers to watch.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 12, 2011
    38
    This new Footloose is a film without wit, humor or purpose.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Feb 4, 2015
    10
    I was surprised with this remake. The only median performance was Julianne. All others are well and Kenny is great. And the script was wellI was surprised with this remake. The only median performance was Julianne. All others are well and Kenny is great. And the script was well adapted to the present day. Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    An interesting case in Footloose, I believe in other trama, but I found other, and is an incredible trama, I don't watch the original, andAn interesting case in Footloose, I believe in other trama, but I found other, and is an incredible trama, I don't watch the original, and this new version is excellent, the dance scenes are fantastic, the music are fabulous, the performance of Kenny, Julianne and Dennis are fantastic. This Footloose is a new classic. I love it. Expand
  3. Nov 12, 2012
    9
    A very worthy remake of a classic. Wormald, taking on an important and risky role, nails it. And Dennis Quaid, though I am not a fan, deliversA very worthy remake of a classic. Wormald, taking on an important and risky role, nails it. And Dennis Quaid, though I am not a fan, delivers the human aspect of the Reverend far better than Lithgow did. Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    6
    The new Wren is solid, but he's nowhere near as good as Kevin Bacon was. You can say the same thing about every actor in this film. ExceptThe new Wren is solid, but he's nowhere near as good as Kevin Bacon was. You can say the same thing about every actor in this film. Except Dennis Quaid, that is. I love him, but he was the weak link in this movie. John Lithgow's scenes were so critical to the success of the original - his disapproving words toward his daughter, his messages to his congregation, and his decision to allow (or not allow) the dance carried so much weight in the original. Quaid's performance is like a damp cloth - did zero for me. The biggest surprise for me is the new Willard - very different approach than Chris Penn's take, but it's fresh, fun, and interesting. Think of this film as a tribute band - you go to see it to celebrate the greatness of the original - not to accept it as a substitute or an "update" in any way. In that respect, it did it's job (save for Quaid... sorry Dennis - I think I need to rent Breaking Away just to build you back up in my mind....) Expand
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    6
    I went to go see this the other day with my gf for our 2 year anniversary (her choice) and ill admit i did enjoy it. Definitely not an oscarI went to go see this the other day with my gf for our 2 year anniversary (her choice) and ill admit i did enjoy it. Definitely not an oscar winner or any awards for that matter by any means, but i did enjoy it. Irts a fun energetic film with actually a few comedic lines thrown in. I never saw the original with Kevin Bacon so i dont know how to compare although my gf said it was nowheres near as good as the original but we enjoyed it. If your looking for a fun cheesy energetic film with some interesting dance moves to use up an hour and 40 min of your time then give it a watch, but if your looking for a deep story and top notch acting then maybe this isnt for you, 5.5/10 Expand
  6. Mar 25, 2012
    5
    The script closely follows the original. However, I didn't enjoy the cast as much, and found the choreography lacking, which was a hugeThe script closely follows the original. However, I didn't enjoy the cast as much, and found the choreography lacking, which was a huge disappointment, given that Julianne Hough is such a terrific dancer. The best way that this movie could have separated itself from the original plot would have been to keep the dancing entirely current, instead of trying to mix the 80s style with a more current style...it just didn't work, partially because the male lead wasn't convincing enough to pull off both styles (and completely lacked charisma). The show would have been served much better with a male lead like Channing Tatum. On a positive note, I think that Julianne Hough and the actor who played Willard were very convincing in their roles. Expand
  7. Apr 12, 2012
    1
    Brutal movie, bad acting, horrible story, and lack luster dancing. The only thing keeping it from being a 0/10 is Julianne Hough's looks. SaveBrutal movie, bad acting, horrible story, and lack luster dancing. The only thing keeping it from being a 0/10 is Julianne Hough's looks. Save your time, DO NOT BOTHER WATCHING! Expand

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