Footloose

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In 1984, a classic toe-tapping dance film was made and 27 years later we are treated to an updated version of the musical drama Footloose. When teenager Ren MacCormack’s (Kenny Wormald) mother dies he moves to the small southern town of Bomont to live with his uncle, Wes Wernicker (Ray McKinnon). Soon after arriving he is driving his Volkswagen bug when he is pulled over by local law enforcement for playing music on his radio too loud. (That is a little harsh but when I can’t hear the radio in my own car because the blaring radio beside me and 3 cars back is so loud well,) Ren soon finds out the town has a law that stipulates there is to be no loud music and no dancing because 3 years earlier five teenagers were killed in a car crash after a night of partying. The whole law was orchestrated by Rev. Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) because his son was one of the teenagers who were killed. Ren was a gymnast and dancer in Boston and he begins spending time with Rev. Moore’s daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) and the two of them find time to dance with their friends. With the help of some of the adults in the town like Rens, Uncle Wes, and Ariel’s mother Vi Moore (Andie MacDowell) Ren makes an attempt to change the town’s rules. I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to another remake, but this film had all of the right moves and I was pleasantly surprised. The script had some humor, the music was still fantastic and all dance scenes were high energy. I also didn’t think anybody could take the place of Kevin Bacon’s character in the lead role from the original movie but Kenny Warmald did a fine job. (Maybe he did too good of a job because when offered a cameo in the film Bacon turned them down.) Yes this is a simple story and even if you didn’t see the original you know what is going to happen from one scene to the next. (Okay, everything except a fight scene at the end that was totally out of place) This film was very entertaining and probably a little better than the original and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.