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..Again, having not seen the original Footloose, my opinions of this movie are based simply on its merits, not on how it compares to the original. That being said, based on comments of the friend that I went to the movie with and the comments of other movie-goers, it was pretty much a carbon copy of the original movie.
Personally, I thought Footloose was a good movie. Probably not award-winning, but enjoyable. The dancing is phenomenal, there are lots of funny moments (Ren's friend Willard steals the show in many places), the love story between Ren and Ariel is sweet, and the story moved along quickly. I enjoyed the movie and will likely rent it to watch with my husband when it comes out on DVD.
Disclosure: I received passes to attend this movie. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.