Movie Preview: Footloose (2011)

Leads, Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough on the poster of the 2011 remake of Footloose
Leads, Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough on the poster of the 2011 remake of Footloose

Footloose (2011) is an American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell. The film follows a young man who moves from Boston to a small southern town and protests the town’s ban against dancing.

I am a sucker for classic movies from the 80s and Footloose (1984) is one of them. I was chatting to a few colleagues about Footloose a few days ago and we realised that if you first talk about Kevin Bacon or the 1984 version instead of the 2011 remake currently showing in cinemas, you would have sadly betrayed your very old age. This was obviously the case for me.

Thanks to the folks from UIP, I caught the preview on Monday (25 Oct).

The remake kept close to the original teen rebel turned hero plot of dance being banned in a small redneck town and a city boy coming in to save the day, getting the town preacher’s daughter along the way.

The two leads in the 2011 remake, Wormald and Hough are both eye candies on screen, guaranteed to send many young hearts throbbing. Best of all, both of them can really dance too! The dance sequences make you want to get on your feet and dance yourself, especially Wormald’s dance soliloquy, trashing around in a junkyard to let out his frustrations.

Footloose is now showing in Singapore cinemas. If dance movies or remakes of 80s classics are your kind of stuff, do catch it. 🙂


Writer/Director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, “Footloose.” 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.


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