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Trailer Watch: Craig Brewer's Footloose Remake Needs More Kevin Bacon

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 22, 2011 at 4:51AM

Check out the new trailer below for the updated version of the 80s musical hit Footloose, a movie that looks to be the most implausible of high school dance films. That's because despite a complete ban on dancing in the small rural town, everyone there seems to boast professional dance training.
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Check out the new trailer below for the updated version of the 80s musical hit Footloose, a movie that looks to be the most implausible of high school dance films. That's because despite a complete ban on dancing in the small rural town, everyone there seems to boast professional dance training.

The 1984 flick updated for this millennium is built on a tragic premise—several teens die in a car crash after a raucous party, leading the town to ban dancing and loud music. In the trailer, the adult figures don’t seem like zealots, they just seem sad.

Apparently lacking a clear youth vs. authority battle, Kevin Bacon’s unbridled enthusiasm, or a compelling soundtrack, the trailer does indicate that Craig Brewer's movie is trying to reclaim the energy of the first film. As Russ Rischer wrote on /Film: “If there wasn’t already a perfectly entertaining movie called Footloose, this might look very vaguely OK.”

The film’s dancer-turned actor Kenny Wormald does seem to have the unchecked confidence of his lead character, gushing in an interview with MTV after he watched the trailer: “I thought I was going to scream! I was blown away!”

More details are at The Playlist.


This article is related to: Genres, Video, Remake, Musical, Trailers, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.