DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: October 14, 2011
Rating: PG-13 (for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language)
Genre: Remake/Drama
Run Time: 113 min.
Director: Craig Brewer
Actors: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller, Ray McKinnon, Patrick John Flueger, Kim Dickens, Brett Rice, Patrick John Flueger

Employing the whole “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, the remake of Footloose is basically the same movie that any child of the ‘80s either remembers with a nostalgic fondness or conveniently blocks out like memories of bad perms and acid-washed jeans. 

Really, the only discernable difference between past and present is a change of venue (think sleepy southern town instead of the Midwest) and the absence of Kevin Bacon, who apparently couldn’t even be bothered to make the requisite cameo.

Anchored by that cheesy, toe-tapping title song that gets stuck in your head whether you want it to or not, Footloose is still a born crowd-pleaser nearly thirty years later, especially when everybody’s dancing. And thanks to the casting of Dancing with the Stars alum Julianne Hough and Justin Timberlake’s former backup dancer Kenny Wormald, those high-energy sequences, including the iconic moment where our leading man works through his angst by what else—shaking his booty—are so much fun to watch.

What does get a little lost in translation, however, is the rest of the story. In the opening scene, we see four high school kids, including Rev. Shaw Moore’s (Dennis Quaid, Soul Surfer) son, Bobby, essentially joy-ride to their death. Naturally, in any small town, losing four students on the verge of graduation would serve as a major wake-up call. That said, it’s a little far-fetched to believe that an ordinance against loud music and dancing would ever fly in modern times.

In fact, a pretty sizable suspension of belief is required for most of Footloose. For one, it’s assumed that everyone in darling little Bomont is so grief-stricken they’ll go along with anything—even letting town officials basically serve as their overbearing parents. Secondly, it’s a little strange (and a rather convenient plot twist) that none of the adults seem to have much of a problem with these new rules. Or at least they don’t speak up if they do.

So with no authority figures taking a stand for personal freedom, the teens are left with the charge to break the rules, something they have no problem with, especially Rev. Moore’s own wayward daughter, Ariel (Hough), who’s looking for cheap thrills wherever she can find them.

Also shaking things up considerably is the town’s newest resident Ren MacCormack (Wormald). After losing his mother to leukemia, the Boston native moves in with his aunt (Kim Dickens, The Blind Side) and uncle (Ray McKinnon, Dolphin Tale) and quickly becomes the bane of Rev. Moore’s existence because he believes Ren is pursuing his daughter when really, it’s the other way around.