Footloose dances back into teenagers’ hearts

Footloose dances back into teenagers hearts

Footloose is now in theaters

Sarah Kearby, Liefstyles Editor

Kick off your cowboys boots.

“Footloose” is back, after 27 years, with the same plot of rebellious teenagers just wanting to dance. The remake is much easier to follow though, filling the viewer in on why Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) left his big city of Boston to live in the small bible town of Bomont.

And the remake manages to explain why the town has outlawed public dancing and loud music. The town tries to protect its youth with these outlandish laws after five local teens were killed in a drunk driving accident while coming home from a local dance, three years before MacCormack arrived.

MacCormack has enough courage to stand up to the town council against the ban on public dancing and fight for the heart of the sexy preacher’s daughter, Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough) even though she has a tough guy boyfriend, Chuck Cranston (Patrick John Flueger) who constantly wants to beat up MacCormack.

The romance between MacCormack and Moore is especially cute as their love for dancing and similar rebellious streaks brings them together. The romance lacks passion with a more “High School Musical” innocent love, which works, but unfortunately the movie lacks passion as well.

Acts of physical abuse between Cranston and Moore look fake with dramatic bruises that last much too long. And the fights almost become a comedy as the hits are overly dramatic and come out of the blue.

But Willard, MacCormack’s best friend is much better casted as Miles Teller in the remake than Chris Penn in the original. Willard is constantly saving the remake with lines that cause a burst of laughter from the audience.

And his dance lessons are so much funnier when MacCormack’s adorable younger cousins; Amy and Sarah Warnicker (Maggie Elizabeth and Mary-Charles Jones) teach him his first lesson to Barbie.

Wormald also gives Kevin Bacon, who played MacCormack in the original, a run for his money with better dance moves and less overly dramatic emotion. Hough definitely was better as Moore than Lori Singer with her more natural depiction of emotions.

It was a combination of the cuteness from “High School Musical” and the dance moves from “Step-Up.” I would definitely recommend seeing “Footloose,” if just want to cut loose with some girlfriends.

Sarah Kearby is a Lifestyles Editor for the JCpatriot and JCpatriot.com