Footloose… again!

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Well Hollywood has done it again. Another remake, and this time they choose a film from the eighties that Rotten Tomatoes gave a 57% on their Tomatometer and said

There’s not much dancing, but what’s there is great. The rest of the time, Footloose is a nice hunk of trashy teenage cheese.

That’s right, they have remade Footloose and although they modernized it with iPods and Nickelodeon’s newest star Victoria Justice taking over from Mike Reno and Ann Wilson on the song “Almost Paradise,” they managed to keep the “teenage cheese.”

Rotten Tomatoes disagrees with me on this, as they gave the film a 74% rating on the Tomatometer and had this to say about the film,

While it hews closely to the 1984 original, Craig Brewer infuses his Footloose remake with toe-tapping energy and manages to keep the story fresh for a new generation.

It is true that the story remains virtually the same.  It is about a town that suffers a tragedy and decides to impose laws against dancing and loud music for minors. Yet there was one positive change that is sure to excite those of you who remember the original. It is that they sexed up Renn McCormack’s character with newcomer Kenny Wormald.  Unlike his predecessor, Kevin Bacon, this Renn with his brooding good looks, who comes to Bomont from Boston instead of Chicago, is much more James Dean like and can dance.

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Other changes are that they traded in the tractors for school buses for the game of chicken against the annoying boyfriend of the minister’s daughter Ariel, played by Julianne Hough.

There is about the same amount of dancing in this version as there was in the original, but what was majorly disappointing was the fact that they did not show enough of former Dancing With The Stars dancer, Julianne Hough‘s amazing dancing skills.

All in all,  if you shake your head at the people who decide to make remakes, Footloose  will only solidify your stance.

Footloose: Worth Seeing on Video

Worth Seeing or Not Rating: 7/10

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