In the new Footloose [PG-13] the baseline story is the same as the original version. The biggest change, besides making the movie set today instead of in the 1980s, is they really give more of a background on the characters. The new Footloose is predictable as far as if you’ve seem the old one and what’s coming next, but there are changes.
Here are some of the changes (if you’ve never seen Footloose stop reading, spoiler alert!):The new Footloose actually starts out with the brother, Bobby’s death actually happening in the movie and the laws of the town being changed by the board. I liked the change as the drunken party starts the movie and keeps the original beginning of feet dancing in the beginning credits. Having the laws changed in the movie gives the viewer a sense of how the whole town felt about the teenagers’ deaths.
– Ren comes to live with his uncle’s family because his mom has died of cancer. This actually helps alter the story nicely so that the Reverend and Ren have a lot in common as to why the preacher “allows” the final dance and for Ariel and Ren to attend as a couple.
– Ren isn’t an outcast at school, though the adults in the town still think he’s a troublemaker.
– The angry dance scene in the middle of the movie is a classic and how can anyone beat Kevin Bacon? I have to say this dance seems more fueled and warranted. The producers or directors did keep many of the original dance movies.
– The mean “boyfriend” Chuck is not in high school, but he is a dirt car racer and really makes you feel he’s been around the block and help corrupt Ariel, where in the first movie I felt Ariel had the lead in the relationship and was slutty.
– The playing chicken tractor scene is now school buses.
– The town of Bomont is a lot less homogeneous in this new version.
If there is one constant in the past and present versions of the film it’s Willard. This character is true and stead, which actually fits his character nicely. In fact, Miles Tyler looks to me like Chris Penn from the original movie.
I though the movie was worth a go in the theater, especially for a girls’ night out or if you have a daughter you think might enjoy a Footloose set more in her generation. Guys will go because they’re obligated for date night. If you like dancing, there are scenes you’ll enjoy with different types like Krumping and Line Dancing; so if you enjoy So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing with the Stars then you’ll like Footloose. If you miss Footloose in the theaters, never fever as renting or streaming it later will be nice too.
My MomStart Rating of the new Footloose movie: B
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