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Drama, Family
Footloose has the potential to bring a ton of fans back to the ’80s flick. So … how does it compare to the original? Well, the Kevin Bacon Footloose has aged in peoples’ memories much better than the movie ever really was, so the remake isn’t much of a drop-off. There is, however, not much dancing. Kenny Wormald, who looks a bit like Cry Baby-era Johnny Depp, certainly can dance, but acting is not his strength. What weight there is in a movie about a town that bans dancing is not held by Wormald’s performance. But teens should like it, and despite the appeal it might hold for nostalgic adults, the box-office receipts from those teens will be the real measuring stick.


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Charleston City Paper Footloose returns in a version that’s more revival than remake You probably weren't expecting a profound existential enigma in the new Footloose, co-writer/director Craig Brewer's remake of the affectionately remembered 1984 youth-empowerment Kevin-Bacon-double-cheeseburger. by Scott Renshaw 10/12/2011
Indy Week Footloose remake gives us something old and something new Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) places his affinity for Southern settings front and center by transplanting the original film's Utah setting to a burg in Georgia. by Neil Morris 10/12/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening on Oct. 14 Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson search for rare birds, Kenny Wormald searches for freedom to cut loose, Vera Farmiga soul-searches for her faith, Ludivine Sagnier searches for success by way of an unscrupulous mentor in Kristin Scott Thomas and The Thing searches for host bodies. It's all at the movies. by Garrett Horstmeyer 10/14/2011
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Memphis Flyer Cutting Loose Five years after Black Snake Moan, Memphis director Craig Brewer returns to the big screen in a big way with Footloose. by Chris Herrington 10/13/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Big Year, Footloose and other film events around town. 10/13/2011
Memphis Flyer Update, Upgrade Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer breathes life into a clunkier-than-you-remember "classic." by Chris Herrington 10/13/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Let's hear it (again) for the boy : Footloose The fidelity with which this film attempts to reproduce the original is something rarely seen in contemporary remakes. And by virtue of doing very little that's different, it does a whole lot right. by Scott Renshaw 10/13/2011
The Coast Halifax Footloose cuts loose New version of 1984 dance movie makes some good moves by Matthew Ritchie 10/16/2011
Portland Mercury Fancy Free Let's hear it for Craig Brewer's remake of Footloose. by Courtney Ferguson 10/13/2011

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