Rent Footloose (2011)

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1h 49min
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Synopsis:
Boston teen Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) relocates to a small southern town and gets a heavy dose of culture shock. On the heels of a tragic accident, Rev. Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) bans loud music and dancing. Challenging the Reverend, Ren falls for his troubled daughter (Julianne Hough), shakes up the status quo, and revitalises the town.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Brad Weston, Craig Zadan, Dylan Sellers, Gary Barber, Neil Meron, Roger Birnbaum
Writers:
Dean Pitchford, Craig Brewer
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
Music & Musicals, Performing Arts
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/02/2012
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted scenes
  • Commentary by director Craig Brewer
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/02/2012
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • "Footlose" Music Video By Blake Shelton HD
  • "Fake ID" Music Video By Big & Rich HD
  • "Holding Out For A Hero" Music Video By Ella Mae Bowen HD
  • Deleted Scenes HD
  • Commentary by Director Craig Brewer

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Footloose review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso

1984 was the year when the original ‘Footloose’ was released and Kevin Bacon became a star. In it Ren (Bacon) is a newcomer to the small town of Beaumont, which has a peculiar law – it has completely banned dancing of any kind among its youth. The 2011 remake ‘Footloose’ is faithfully based on the first movie, this time it has Kenny Wormald in the iconic Bacon role.

‘Footloose’ does not stray from its 1984 counterpart: same story, same characters, all but different and younger actors, and a much more racially diverse cast (in fact, Southern blacks and whites actually interact with each other here.) At the helm is co-writer/director Craig Brewer, a film maker known for his gritty films ‘Hustle and Flow’ and ‘Black Snake Moan’. Here, Brewer captures the South’s iron-clad conservatism and dictatorship, and yet, film does not exactly incite violent reactions from its audience.

Yes, it’s an abomination to have anyone ban dancing – it’s a human right, a form of expression that cannot be denied – Brewer’s treatment of it, however, still ends up very ‘High School Musical’. Not that that Kevin Bacon’s version is such a serious movie, anyway; but as a remake, it should have gone up a notch.

Given that ‘Footloose’ is a musical it cannot be avoided to be dubbed as silly, popcorn, or contrived. Most musicals get no respect for suddenly breaking out into song or dancing up a storm on the sidewalk. It’s indeed ridiculous; but if executed well, could be taken seriously. Granted that film now showcases a bunch of talented newbies from Kenny Wormald and country singer and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ dancer Julianne Hough, and yet their version comes off as robotic and soulless. Sure, the choreography is good, but the framing of the dance sequences are useless to say the least. You don’t do close-ups on feet and faces during a dance-off!

2011’s version succeeds to make money from another generation and it’s not even worth it. Here was the new production’s chance to improve or tweak it to no avail. You should watch Kevin Bacon’s original instead.

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