Writer/Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Footloose 2011 is harmless as far as it goes, but on the dance floor and off it never goes nearly far enough.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 10.13.2011
Maybe there is something timeless in anachronism. Maybe Brewer has located the heart beneath the hoke.Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 10.13.2011
Stays remarkably close to its predecessor in all the ways that count.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 10.13.2011
An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit.Bruce Diones, New Yorker, 10.23.2011