• Footloose(2011) is a remake of Footloose (1984).  The story is the same.  A town is devastated by the death of 5 high school seniors, which the preacher followed by the adults of the town blame on partying, dancing, drinking and music.  As an answer to the towns loss a curfew and about 9 laws are put in place to protect the children.

Elizabeth’s Thoughts:  This movie is not bad.  It’s not great, but it is not bad.  I suggest if you are going to see to also watch the original.  Some of the scenes will then make sense because it looks like they try to pay homage to a lot of the 1984 elements in the 2011 version of the movie.  If Uncle Wes looks familiar maybe you watch Sons of Anarchy or remember the coach from Blind Side.


  • The music, they didn’t change too much of the old music except for destroying I need a Hero.  I almost didn’t recognize it when they played it in the movie.
  • Dancing.  This movie is more like another Step Up film for the youth instead of Footloose for the younger generation.  If I was dancing like that with a boy, law or not I am in trouble!
  • The Bug
  • Ren and Ariel’s prom outfits are like the original.


  • Ren’s Yankee accent going in and out.  It got to its strongest point towards the end of the movie and by then I couldn’t understand what he was saying.
  • Bus race instead of tractor race.
  • No Kevin Bacon!  How cool would it be if he was the guy at the snack shack who looked up and said the Reverend was there.
  • Julianne Hough, why was she in this?

I give this movie 3/5 red cowboy boots.  Rent it or see it at the dollar movies.

Sunshine’s Thoughts: I really wanted to hate this remake, but I have to admit it was not half bad.  The kid playing Ren had this weird predator look and a horrible accent, and Juliann Hough had some crazy blue eyes that made her look like a corpse, but all in all not that bad.  The kid playing Willard had some hilarious lines and good dancing.  This was almost a complete scene for scene remake, other than there being no tractor chicken fight, the remake of I Need A Hero, and the addition of some new music and “current” dances.  The new dances were mostly grinding on poles, some crunking, and some intense line dancing.  Overall, I would recommend waiting for a matinee or DVD, I give it 3 out of 5 red cowboy boots.

About Elizabeth

I am the co-creator of S and E Pop Culture. I currently live and work in East Tennessee. I love to watch, talk and write about all things popculture. Check out the blog sepopculture.wordpress.com and let me know what you think.

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