Retro Review: Footloose

By: Emily Kellas

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Its time to cut footloose again people, as the 80’s teen cult favorite comes back to theaters in a brand new remake. So for this week’s retro review I’m going to take a look at the original film, Footloose, starring the incomparable Kevin Bacon. Only two degrees away from Mr. Bacon I admit I’m biased towards the original and that the remake has some big sneakers to fill, but it’s the story that every new generation of teens can connect with. The 1984 classic directed by Herbert Ross made Kevin Bacon famous, and continues to inspire sporadic basement dance parties everywhere.

Ren McCormack (Bacon) is a big city boy who moves to a small western town. Consumed with rock music and dancing Ren quickly realizes that the small town of Beaumont might not appreciate his tastes. After a car crash that killed multiple teens after a night of drinking, rock music, and dancing, the town outlawed public dancing. Ren soon starts to shake up the town when he starts a movement among the youth to remove the law, and once again bring free expression back to Beaumont and maybe get the minister’s daughter, Ariel Moore (Lori Singer).

Footloose is a fun film whose story transcends its bad 80’s hairstyles and cassette tapes. The idea of a town restricting the rights of its youth strikes a chord with kids young and old. Kevin Bacon brings the right among of rebellious spirit and schoolboy charm to the character of Ren McCormack. Nothing is more iconic than the angry solo warehouse dance Bacon does to relieve some built up angst. With that said, Footloose, despite it’s promises of dancing, and teen angst, doesn’t deliver. The dancing is minimal, left only to Bacon, and remains fairly sub par through out the film. But there is no denying that this film is a classic of the 80’s and a constant audience pleaser.

If you are ever looking for the quintessential 80’s experience Footloose is bound to send you back to the era of mullets and cut off shorts. Nothing is more rebellious than a young man who simply just wants to dance. So as the remake hits theaters this weekend make sure to remember the original in all its cliché glory.

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