Box art for Footloose (2011)

Footloose (2011)

comedy, drama, music & musicals

City kid Ren McCormack moves to a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Remake is surprisingly fresh but still faithful to original.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this remake of the classic '80s dance movie is faithful to the Kevin Bacon original, which nowadays would be rated PG-13. There's plenty of language ("s--t," "a--hole," and more) and some sexual content (from jokes about threesomes and boners to a scene in which a young woman decides to lose her virginity), but nothing overtly graphic or that teens wouldn't hear walking around their schools. There's also a scene in which a small group of teens passes a joint around and then races buses on a dangerous track. But overall the movie's messages are positive -- that teenagers have a voice, that they can make a difference, and that they deserve to be heard.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the relationship between "authority" and Ren. Is he rightfully accused as a troublemaker? When is it right to question authority? Should teens be allowed to complain about the rules and regulations imposed on them?
  • How does the movie portray teen drinking/drug use and sexuality? Are there realistic consequences?
  • What's the difference between Ariel's relationship with Chuck and her relationship with Ren? Why does Ren tell her he won't kiss her at first? Teens: Do you think some people hook up just to make their exes angry? How is Ren different than the average teen guy?
  • Those familiar with the original movie can discuss the differences between the two and the ways the new one updated the story. How is the 2011 version faithful? How is it different? Which do you prefer?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fresh: 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.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, October 14, 2011

Fresh: An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit.

- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, October 24, 2011

Audience Reviews

0 star

If there is a hell, it has just frozen over.

- danieljparsons, Tuesday, November 20, 2007

0 star

What the hell? Why is Zac Efron in so many movies these days?! Yeah well, that little girl won't stop me from watching good films, even if it means having to look at him.

- Parannoyed, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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mmm...not sure...the orinigal was great..and i dnt want this to disappoint me:(

- weelee18, Friday, January 11, 2008