Directed by: Craig Brewer
Written by: Dean Pitchford, and Craig Brewer
City kid Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.
Who thought that remaking Footloose was a good idea? Seriously who? I guess for a dance movie it is better than a movie like Step Up, but who can realistically believe a town getting so enraged over an incident where they decide to make dancing illegal. This is completely outdated and on top of that it had no sense of era to it. All of the characters were still written like they were from the eighties but apparently it took place in present day Bomont since the main character, Ren McCormick (Kenny Wormald) listened to an ipod half the movie.
Some bright spots in this film include the stunning Julianna Hough. She might not be the best actress, but she sure rocks a pair of short shorts. The other bright spot was Ren’s best friend Willard played by Miles Teller. This guy was hilarious. He was the only character that made me laugh when I was suppose to laugh. Yes, the theater did burst into laughter at many cheesy moments throughout the film. I hope this kid gets some comedic roles as he has great comedy chops.
As funny as Miles and as stunning as Julianna Hough were in this film they both couldn't save this from being a flop. The dialogue was cheesy and I could not take the serious scenes seriously. There were multiple times where unexplainable things happened and Kenny Wormald is no Kevin Bacon.
Back to the realism issue. The movie portrayed the adults as old farts compared to these hip youngsters but if this movie is set in the present then these old farts grew up in the rock and roll era. They would have known what it was all about and been a lot more understanding rather than being so close minded. I really didn’t expect much but I did expect better story structure since this is a remake.
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