The story is as relevant today as it was more than twenty years ago: The new kid in town sees the hardships that the oppressive laws have placed on the kiddos of the town, and he wants to change things, as much for them as for himself. He’s a big city kid and the concept of not being able to dance, by law, is absurd to him. And thus begins the shenanigans.
The kid, Ren MacCormack, comes to town to live with relatives, after his mother has died. He’s not the usual angry son of a deceased parent, but quite nice and mannerly. He just likes to dance, and listen to his music loud. And in this town, that’s no bueno.
In finding a way to bring freedom to the town, he learns a thing or two about respect, and he falls in love too.
Fans of the original Footloose from 1984 shouldn’t be afraid that this one is desecrating the first one. It’s a very close-remake, and sticks very close to the original plot. Very close. And for those that don’t want to see a film that sounds like a simple carbon-copy, don’t fret. This one still has enough freshness to keep you entertained, and in my humble opinion the performances in this one are more powerful.
Throw in the fact that the lead actor does his own dancing and gymnastics and I’d say you have a good reason to go catch this nice little surprise from MTV Films. The music and passion may have left their TV station, but I found it in Footloose!
Rated PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language.
Running Time: 113 Minutes.
Released in theatres: October 14th, 2011.