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- Director: Craig Brewer
- Release Date: Oct 2011
- Run Time: 113
- Genre: Drama, Musical, Comedy
Footloose is a 2011 remake of the 1984 dance movie of the same name. Footloose centres on Ren McCormack (little known Kenny Wormald). Ren’s mother dies from leukemia and is then forced to move from Boston to small town Bomont to be taken care of by his uncle and aunt. He attends Bomont high, where he makes friends with Williard Hewitt, who informs him on the town’s ban on dancing.
The ban started when the town’s reverend’s son, Bobby Moore, died after him and his friends drove over a bridge and crashed into a vehicle. They had come from a night filled with dancing and partying, which the town blamed for the death of these youth.
Reverend Moore’s daughter, Ariel Moore, never fully recovered from the death of her brother and consequently turns rebellious. She is dating a good-for-nothing truck driver, Chuck Cranston, if only to annoy her parents. As any teenage movie would have it, she meets Ren and there is an instant attraction between the two, much to Chuck’s dismay. This becomes the source of many conflicts between the lovebirds and rivalry between Ren and Chuck.
The plot then revolves around Ren, Will and their classmates trying to get the ban lifted and having a senior prom. The most difficult person to persuade but the person with the most sway over the town is the Reverend Moore, who is staunch in his firm belief dancing should be forever banned. Ren not only has to get him to support the lifting of the ban but also get to accept him as a prospective boyfriend to his rebellious daughter Ariel.
This is a light, feel-good movie with plenty of song and dance to get you in an upbeat mood. It may not be the epitome of excellent film production or screen writing, but it is definitely an interesting movie to see on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Go with the flow and you shall definitely enjoy this movie.