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Footloose—movie review

by Leonard Maltin
October 14, 2011 4:22 AM
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Does the world really need a remake of Footloose? I would answer no, but I must also admit that the new movie is innocuous and pleasant-enough to watch. Writer-director Craig Brewer, who made the disarming Hustle & Flow, has taken Dean Pitchford’s 1984 screenplay and layered onto it some backstory ingredients that help it make more sense than the original. (There’s now a reason why the small town has banned dancing, and a purposefulness to the new kid’s outlook on life.)

I especially enjoyed watching newcomer Kenny Wormald, who—

—steps into Kevin Bacon’s shoes with charisma to burn; he’s also a talented dancer. The costarring roles are well-cast, and Miles Teller, another up-and-comer (who made a strong impression in last year’s Rabbit Hole) is quite good as Wormald’s geeky friend who’s featured in “Let’s Hear it for the Boy.”

This is a situation where audiences will go into the theater humming the featured songs, and while the movie they see offers no surprises, it does something relatively few fall releases can claim: it delivers exactly what it promises.

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1 Comment

  • luc | October 14, 2011 1:23 AMReply

    Love Brewer's work, but come on man FOOTLOOSE? Ryan Seacrest must have payed for this remake so his little barbie doll gf could get her feet wet for bigger and dumber things to come.

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