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Movie Review: FOOTLOOSE

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The new movie, FOOTLOOSE, is a remake of a 27 year old film. The question is: why remake a film that wasn't very good in the first place?
 
The script is almost identical to the original movie which means the story is an old formula, the characters are two dimensional, and even the dancing is mostly uninspired.
 
After five high school seniors die in a car crash following a night of drinking and dancing, the city council of Bomont, Georgia bans dancing.
 
Three years later, orphaned teenager, Ren Maccormack, arrives from Boston to live with relatives in Bomont.
 
When Ren learns that dancing is illegal in his new hometown, he can't believe it. Neither can the audience. What we have here is a 1950's type movie plot that was outdated when the first FOOTLOOSE movie, starring Kevin Bacon, was made in 1984.

In 2011, the idea of banning dancing is simply ludicrous, but any movie that once made big money for Hollywood never looks foolish to the big movie companies.

And so FOOTLOOSE is saddled with an old B movie plot and  a cast of cliched characters: Julianne Hough plays Ariel, the preacher's daughter who breaks her father's rules. Kenny Wormald is the new-kid-in-town rebel whose cause is to restore the joy of dance is to this backward small town. And Dennis Quaid is the preacher/father who disapproves of anything fun.
 
Of course, the kids violate the ban every chance they get, and some of their dancing is fun to watch though it's often cut short as in a scene when "daddy" arrives to scold his daughter and make her go home.

To be fair, there is some good dancing in FOOTLOOSE. There's just not enough of it. The dancers have plenty of energy and talent, but not one of the five dance numbers in this movie is particularly well shot or edited.  

Plus, the trite theatrics of fist fights, a jealous boyfriend, and outraged adults are too shopworn to be entertaining even with an inevitable happy ending.
        
The 21st century movie audience deserves better than this silly spectacle.