Footloose (2011)

(67 votes, average 4.79 out of 5)
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  • Viorica
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    I have to admit, I've been looking forward to this since the first trailer came out. Not because it looks good- because dear god, it does not- but because I was in a stage production of the show a few years ago, and watching this movie will be a fun nostalgia trip. An old cast member and I plan on going and reminiscing about the scenes we were in. Maybe we'll get a guilty pleasure flick out of it, if nothing else.

    (Wasn't Zac Efron attached to the Ren role awhile back? Wonder what happened with that.)
  • minor_fifth
    From what I heard, he wanted to separate his image from the whole singing and dancing thing and do more serious movies (uuugh, Charlie St. Cloud). This movie doesn't seem like a traditional musical, but maybe it seemed close enough for him. Either way, I'm pretty sure it was his decision to back out.
  • openfilmden.com
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    I think you had many good points. It seems like most of these remakes are made for people with short attention spans and who require immediate gratification with their films. I do not know why these remakes seem to make so much money... i guess some might be the curiosity factor for people to see their old favorites with a new cast. The problem is that it always seems to be a let down. Thanks for the info FB!
  • HaleThee
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    Footloose is one of my favorite films,Kevin Bacon soul low dance seemed wired after a bit and I really want to see this one all because the first is great. writers have made the best movies and are finding no where to go, Thanks though for the insight think perhaps I'll save the money from a theater ticket and watch it on the net
  • TheBlackMage
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    The makers of this film have some serious cajones. They not only remade this movie, but the soundtrack features all the songs remade by different "artists"!!! WHAT THE FUCK?!
    What's wrong with Bonnie Tyler's original version of Holding out for a hero? The answer my friends is NOT A GODDAMN THING!!!

    Have you heard Ella Mae Bowen's cover of the song?! It is the most wretched, most half-hearted, antithesis of what that song is all about!
  • violinisthamel
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    Well, I was not planning on seeing this remake and still, after watching this, will not go and waste my money on it. I won't even waste the memory in my computer by downloading it. It really goes to show that Hollywood is losing ideas since they keep making remakes of everything or ripping films outside the US and making them terrible (Let the Right One In anyone?)
  • Damonashu
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    Okay, so I didn't miss anything when I wondered "What the hell does dancing have to do with a fatal car crash?!"
  • spookydonkey42  - ';,,;'
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    first one was drama with dancing bits, the new one is dancing with drama bits. well ruddy put sir!
  • darthjoey
    Well, now I don't have to see this film. My school did the musical when I was a senior in high school, and at that time, this movie was planned to be not a remake of the original film, but an adaptation of the musical based on the film, a la Hairspray (2007). Guess MTV went and bollocksed it up.

    Also, BlackMage, I actually prefer Jennifer Saunder's version of "Holding Out for a Hero" from Shrek 2 due to how it's built up more and how well it goes with its scene in that movie.
  • LittleJHarp  - "Holding Out For A Hero" version
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    I TOTALLY Agree!!
    That whole scene with Jennifer Saunder singing, I just kept thinking, this is EPIC!
  • Mad-Eye Louie  - Missing The Point
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    Three words that sum up this remake.

    Misses

    The

    Point

    Insert explitives as desired.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Footloose is one of those movies you watch when you're nostalgic for the 80s; it should never have a remake.

    Hey guys, this remake only has one review on Amazon. Anyone care to chime in?
  • BooRat
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    The only remake they could do now that'd be even more retarded would be if they remade Saturday Night Fever and set it in modern times! Oh, God I think I just planted the idea! I better at least get paid 1st Halleywood for being the 1st to mention it!
  • ImitationJesus
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    funny thing: my sister was in the same dance company Wormald was in before he got into dancing commercially, and acting. so this means i have a Bacon Number of 3
  • BooRat
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    I agree the main reason the remake wouldn't work today is it's illegal for a town pr county to pass a law outlawing dancing. As dancing is a form of exspression and Freedom of Exspression is one of the main thing in our Constatution! In reallife if they did that pretty much all those judges and lawyers that were involved would be disbarred! And, I think they'd known that and not done what the crazy preacher told them too no matter how religious they are. Would you give up a 4-6 year college education and $100,000s to pass a dumb law? Now they could've easily outlawed drinking as they is something a lot of people do want to do still to this day but it's more understandible than outlawing dance!
    Also, as you said back in the 80s there were smalltowns that were basically cutoff fromt he world tobay every one has the internet. That's why horror movies from the 80s wouldn't work today and why this movie wouldn't work today. Also, it's a classic!
  • Flaregun
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    Sorry, but as I mention below, the concept was every bit as absurd in the 80's as it is today, And as I neglected to elaborate below: Just because there wasn't any Internet does not mean there were a bunch of small towns in the US that were effectively "cut off" from civilization. They still had telephones, television, radio call in shows, radio music stations with DJs asking for requests and always on the lookout for odd music or youth related news like this that they could milk for laughs. (not to mention Johnny Carson employing a room full of joke writers likewise looking for boneheaded news items like this one). There was even a good network of roads and local affiliate TV stations with news vans equipped with satellite uplinks even back then, so that when little baby Sally fell down a well in Bumblefuck, North Dakota Walter Cronkite was reporting on it by the next Evening. I mean, we're talking about the 1980's here, not the 1880's.
  • BooRat
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    It's even more so today then it was then. I've lived in some pretty cutoff from the world places. Try out in AZ! Also I grew up in the 90s and I recall being very little and having family members that didn't have landlines!
  • Matthew G
    .... a ban on public dancing. You have no idea how much that made my jaw drop. Oh. My. God.
  • Flaregun
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    Well whadya know, pointless remake is pointless. Can't say I'm terribly shocked at the news.

    Pretty good review overall, but there's one little point I think I need to correct: I'm really old. I actually remember the 80's. Hell, I even remember when the original version of this film came out. And I can assure you, even though it might take its story seriously enough that it plays out as a relatively straight drama, the premise was still a complete fantasy; The idea of a town banning dancing was *every single bit* as absurd in the 80's as it is today.
  • Guild Navigator
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    Just stop raping my youth,Hollywood!
  • movieman1966
    Yeah, we really didn't need this remake.

    And a friend had the Footloose soundtrack and decided to play it in my presence.

    I had to look like I was enjoying it on the outside, but on the inside, I was going "SCREW YOU, FOOTLOOSE REMAKE SOUNDTRACK!!!!!"
  • leviadragon99
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    Unfortunate, but in no way unexpected.
  • Zeraph
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    Only reason i even watched the original was because of kevin bacon. So not a snowball's chance in hell that i'll go and watch this total waste of production costs...
    ps. how the hell can you ban dancing? Can't you just blame it on spasms if you accidentally move in a rhythmic fashion?

    Great projector FB!
  • richtv
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    why are you standing behind nc's wall?
  • brooks101189
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    I love how everyone is bashing the remake here and they don't know that Rotten Tomatoes have given it a 79% approval rate so far compared to the original's 57% approval. Granted that doesn't make the remake have a purpose for being made, but it is at least interesting that it is better reviewed than the original.

    So even if it may be pointless, it's still a well reviewed pointless remake. And quite oddly enough, several remakes this year have been decently reviewed so even if they are unnecessary, they are at least getting better at it.

    Probably not going to see it though.
  • AlucardsQuest
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    Proof positive that eMpTyV hasn't had it's pulse on the youth of America in decades. Nobody was asking for this movie.

    The horror is that the movie is actually getting some good reviews... god people, please don't pay money to see this. We have brain cells, let's use them and send a message to Hollywood that we don't want any more unnecessary 80s remakes! The women in this movie look like like the rejected painted whores of the Transformers trilogy. If you want to get laid go to craig's list.
  • Donovan
    Now, I haven't actually seen the movie Footloose, though I have worked in the sound booth for the play of it at a local theater last year and I loved working on it so much that it's still quite fresh in my mind and I would love to watch the original film whenever I actually get the chance. For the fact that there is a Hollywood remake of this alone makes me mad, but to have it set in the present time is just plain stupid and...completely wrong. The story shouldn't take place anywhere after the 80's at all! Sorry, you've already said that...I'll shut up now
  • minor_fifth
    I'm actually pretty disappointed; when I first heard about this remake, I thought they would actually try to do something new with it. I also thought it was going to be an actual musical based on the stage show (sort of like the evolution of Hairspray from movie to stage musical to movie musical). Wrong on both counts, I guess :( Serves me right for assuming there was an actual reason for them to make it...
  • ashenblood  - To Sum It Up
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    All I could think of when I first saw the trailer to this was, "Footloose...With Explosions!"
  • JehuTron
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    Really ? a Footloose remake ? what're they gonna remake next , Rad ?
  • gljeremy
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    I like pretty much all the reviewers on this site, so I don't mean this as an insult to others, but Film Brain is the most professional reviewer on the site. You make fun of the movies but also do a detailed analysis of the film at the same time (especially in the projector sequence). You and the Nostalgia Chick are the two that really have an ability to weave the comedy and analysis together.
  • NaomiHansen
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    Ahem. Excuse me while I go cry. Again.

    [comes back five minutes later]

    I heard about the existence of this, like, sometime during the summer on Yahoo! News. Pretty much every comment on the article stated how this remake was pointless and how many of the people were gonna be avoiding it like the plague. And when I got back to school last month, my English teacher occasionally kept telling us to not bother with going to see it.

    But really?! This remake is actually supposed to be set in modern times? God, I thought they had just messed up with the clothing of the time when I saw some of the trailers, but what?! I really don't need to tell you all of the OTHER reasons why that is just plain unbelievable, especially since the "internet counterattack" part is probably the biggest one. -_-

    Anyway, yep. Pointless remake. Need I add more? (Well, okay yeah, I could, but it's 9 AM and I just woke up on my day off, so I'm not in the mindset to do that without rambling too much.)

    Auf Wiedersehen!
    -Naomi Hansen
  • The_Awesometeer
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    I hope Hollywood continues making remakes. I just can't get enough of them. I hope the Godfather or A Wonderful Life are next.
  • TheBlackMage
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    Yes, let's also remake Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Superbad, and Pinapple Express, and The 40 year old Virgin, And American Pie, and Airplane! and The Naked Gun!
  • Evamarie41
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    Good review! I haven't seen this movie, but I agree - pointless and unnecessary. However, as long as the remake kings keep their hands off Back to the Future, I think I can manage.
  • Kaibaman
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    ...Yup Hollywood has FUCKING LOST THEIR MINDS they continue to try and rewrite Copyright Law to their liking while they REMAKE EVERYTHING WE GREW UP WITH AND I LITERALLY MEAN EVERYTHING AT THIS POINT...THEIR REMAKING THE ENTIRE STORY OF ZORRO,ZORRO FOR GOD SAKES!

    These remakes nowadays are completely pointless unless they do better then the original but most...ARE FUCKING TERRIBLE!
  • ThatLong-HairedCreepyGuy
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    Which just makes the whole point, as Film Brain stated perfectly, UNNECESSARY. All these remakes do nothing but showcase just how mediocre and talentless Hollywood has become. Even if the film makers don't utterly ruin a movie by remaking it, they still prove that there was no need to do so in the first place.
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