D: Craig Brewer
Paramount/MTV/Spyglass/Unique/Southern Cross the Dog/Storyline Entertainment (Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Dylan Sellers & Brad Weston)
US 🇺🇸 2011
W: Craig Brewer & Dean Pitchford [based on the 1984 screenplay by Dean Pitchford]
DP: Amy Vincent
Ed: Billy Fox
Mus: Deborah Lurie & Blake Shelton
Kenny Wormald (Ren McCormack), Julianne Hough (Ariel Moore), miles Teller (Willard Hewitt), Andie MacDowell (Vi Moore), Dennis Quaid (Rev. Shaw Moore)
Sometimes I wonder about what goes on the minds of Hollywood executives. Are they really so blinded with greed that, when they see an opportunity to make money, they just run with it without thinking things through?
The 1984 version of Footloose was far from perfect. In fact, it was kitsch and cheesy, making it essentially quite perfect for the time when it was released.
It's still a rather silly plot about a small midwest town where dancing & pop music is banned by the local parish and when the ban is finally lifted, all the high school kids dance the night away.
This 2011 remake tries to do things a little more seriously, going as far as showing the car crash that leads to the aforementioned ban. Everything else is line-by-line and song-by-song, prompting why a remake was necessary when the 1984 film was just as easily accessible.