A rebellious youth moves to a town where dancing is banned.
" An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit. "
" Brewer has delivered a largely unobjectionable note-for-note facsimile of Herbert Ross's ode to teenage rebellion, young love and the unfettered joy of movement. "
" By the time four little girls teach a dorky guy to dance to (the original) "Let's Hear It for the Boy" I was a gelatinous blob of pure affection. Bring on "Flashdance" 2.0. "
" Clearly, Brewer has come to praise Footloose, not to bury it, and so he leaves Dean Pitchford's screenplay more or less intact. The result is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2011. "
" Every now and then, we need to be reminded that shaking your booty is something essential. Or, in the case of director Craig Brewer's Footloose update, shaking your rebooty. "
" Give credit to Craig Brewer, the filmmaker behind the new Footloose, for realizing a new step was in order. "
" In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose. "
" It's a vibrant youth musical that will appeal to audiences who haven't seen the 1984 original. And it has enough charm and life to it to compete with the memory of the earlier version. "
" It's an eruption of joyous, jitterbugging energy and a polished piece of filmmaking. "
" May not make as great a dent in the current generation as the original film had, but it does offer up a commendable amount of energy and heart... "
" Maybe there is something timeless in anachronism. Maybe Brewer has located the heart beneath the hoke. "
" Stays remarkably close to its predecessor in all the ways that count. "
" This new version will quite capably supply the same amount of carefree fun to a new generation. Which is exactly what a clever, if not particularly ambitious, remake sets out to do. "
" Wormald lacks Bacon's charisma but Hough has an undeniable star quality, and Teller is a comic delight. "
" "Footloose" has the look and feel of an OK basic cable movie." "
" A new Footloose with sassier steps and the same contrived story is hardly necessary. "
" Footloose 2011 is harmless as far as it goes, but on the dance floor and off it never goes nearly far enough. "
" Footloose drags its heels to the senior prom and, when it finally gets there, shoves in one last punch-up that puts an odd spin on what should be an upbeat display of happy feet. "
" It seems more pandering (and dated) than ever. "
" Paramount's Footloose reboot never quite cuts loose enough to distinguish itself from the original. "
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