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Movie Review: 'Footloose' -- 1.5 stars

Julianne Hough (center) and Kenny Wormald (second from

Julianne Hough (center) and Kenny Wormald (second from center) in "Footloose." (K.C. Bailey) Credit: Julianne Hough (center) and Kenny Wormald (second from center) in "Footloose." (K.C. Bailey)

1.5 stars
Directed by Craig Brewer
Starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell
Rated PG-13

It doesn’t bode well for “Footloose” that the only entertaining dance sequence is one that stars an adorable gaggle of little girls. The dance scenes are few and far between, and the coarsely written teen drama is angsty at best, laughable at worst.

It’s not that a “Footloose” remake needs to be crammed with dance numbers, but given how anemic the story is, dancing was this movie’s only hope.

Hewing close to the original 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon, 2011’s “Footloose” follows Ren MacCormack (now played by Kenny Wormald) as he moves from Boston to the Southern town of Bomont to live with relatives after his single mother passes away. Ren feels strangled by this small town where dancing has been outlawed since a drunk-driving accident killed five students three years ago. Of course, he takes on the prohibition and attemps to transform the town.

These characters are straight out of a CW teen show, which means they’re pretty to look at but tolerable for only a half-hour tops. The movie deals dealing with serious issues — freedom of expression, domestic abuse — but the writing is hardly deep enough to take any of the issues seriously.

Put plainly, “Footloose” circa 2011 is a drag to sit through.


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