Legalism, Dancing Clash in Footloose Remake
- Friday, October 14, 2011
Far more disturbing than Moore’s inability to get the facts straight (town gossip is his preferred “news” source, apparently) is the rampant legalism that fuels most of his sermons, not to mention the moral behavior in Bomont. See, religion—and all it’s performance-driven trappings—is what primarily fuels his faith, and his followers, the loyal townspeople, only seem to go to church because it’s the cultural thing to do.
Funny enough, only Ren and Ariel seem to notice the disconnect, yet another instance where the teens are clearly more in touch with reality than their adult counterparts. But let’s face it, most people buying a ticket won’t even care about all these inconsistencies. It’s all about the dancing, after all, which is exactly why a new generation of fans will probably enjoy cutting loose with Footloose—even if the story is chock full of caricatures.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Underage drinking contributes to a fatal car accident. Teenagers are shown drinking beer. A student smokes pot and asks Ren if he’d like to. Ren refuses, but is caught holding the joint anyway.
- Language/Profanity/Humor: Profanity including as-, as-h---, son of a bit--, sh--, da--, he—throughout, plus instances where God’s name is used in vain. A couple of expletives are uttered in the church building, but Ariel later apologizes for doing so. Some sexually explicit humor and double entendres.
- Sex/Nudity: Ariel, the rebellious pastor’s daughter tends to wear tight, skimpy clothing. She’s also sleeping with her troublemaker boyfriend Chuck (TV actor Patrick John Flueger), even though he doesn’t treat her particularly well (we see her unbutton her shirt and close the door when Chuck taunts her about being a little girl rather than a real woman). Ariel strips down to her bra in one scene. Some mention of female and male anatomy and your typical high school talk about “hot” members of the opposite sex and “getting busy.”
- Violence: A jarring collision between a car and a semi is shown (all four teenagers die) and referenced several times. There are also a couple of fight scenes between Chuck and Ren and their respective friends where a few punches are thrown. Willard gets in a fight with a guy who’s trying to steal his girlfriend. In a fit of anger, Reverend Moore slaps his daughter across the face.
Religion: In Bomont, religion and legalism go hand in hand. There’s little actual talk of God, just about being a “good” person and following the rules. Led by Rev. Moore, church services are a regular part of life in Bomont (the whole town is basically in attendance), but one immediately gets the feeling that everyone attends simply because it’s expected. Bible verses are used to defend dancing, which has been banned in Bomont.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
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