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Footloose
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03.20.2012 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Craig Brewer

Actors:
Kenny Wormald
Dennis Quaid
Julianne Hough

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In this remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon headliner, a teen (Wormald) moves to a small town and leads a rebellion against their ban on public dancing.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Loose, Footloose, kick off your Sunday shoes…Lose your blues, everybody cut Footloose

Except the people of Bomont.

When his son and four other students are killed in a joyride after a night of redcupping, Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) pushes town council to issue a ten o’clock curfew and ban public “lewd and lascivious” public dancing. That’ll fix those damn teens!

Three years later, Bostonian Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves to the small Tennessee town, and attracts the eye of Moore’s daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) and the fists of her boyfriend, Chuck Cranston (Patrick John Flueger). What follows is Step Up-style dance-offs, line-dancing hoedowns and, after Ren is called to the principal’s office, a routine cut right out of the “Bad” video.

Ren plots his revenge by petitioning for Bomont High to host {GASP!} a prom. That’ll fix those damn adults!

Like the 1984 original, Craig Brewer’s remake (written by Brewer and Dean Pitchford, who penned Herbert Ross’ blockbuster) is completely preposterous. It’s not likely that any town in the U.S. would set such restrictions and only allow dancing at church functions, where God can ensure you and your beau have six inches between you. The entire plot is a dumb excuse for a few good-looking faces to, well, cut loose.

There are so few differences here that there was no reason for any of the cast or crew to sign on and bother themselves with the project. When Brewer said his version would “be true to the spirit of the original,” he apparently meant he would recycle the costumes, cars, hairdos, settings, names, places, and soundtrack from 27 years ago.

But it did get one thing right, in the scene where Ren gets a ticket for playing Quiet Riot too loud. That seems like it should be passed as a state law.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Craig Brewer: Brewer’s solo commentary covers a lot of ground regarding the production of Footloose, including the cast, the characters, the original, shooting locations, and much more.

Jump Back: Re-Imagining Footloose (14:46): Cast and crew discuss the similarities and differences between the remake and the 1984 original--with emphasis on similarities. They also heap a wealth of undeserved praise for Brewer .

Everybody Cut: The Stars of Footloose (12:59): Kenny Wormald (Ren McCormack), Julianne Hough (Ariel), Dennis Quaid (Reverend Shaw Moore) and others are focused on here with the aid of clips and interviews.

Dancing with the Footloose Stars (12:38): Jamal Sims and his choreography work on Footloose is put under the spotlight.

Deleted Scenes (6:54): There are five here, which can be viewed with commentary by Brewer. They are: “Ariel and Rusty Drive,” “Ren’s Gym Flip,” “Reverend Shaw’s Speech,” “Willard’s Bloody Nose,” and “Roger Argues with the Moores.”

There are also Music Videos and a Footloose Rap.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
When putting Craig Brewer’s Footloose next to Herbert Ross’ original, you won’t find much different other than the cast--they’re equally preposterous and awful. But the quality of the Blu-rays is incomparable. But, with strong video/audio transfers and a handful of special features that provide an overview of the production, this Blu-ray will be one that fans will love watching at home over and over.
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