Footloose

Wednesday, September 28 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Footloose

JOY REVIEW

Yeah, it’s a remake. Yeah, where is Kevin Bacon when we need him? The story is just as stupid in the remake as it was in the original, which is a town that has banned dancing. We know in this one early on why the dancing has been banned because the opening scene is five cute kids who are smashed up in a car accident; the perfect way to start a musical, don’t you think? Dennis Quaid plays the minister father as a one-trick scowl, who decides because he lost his only son, who was driving with the kids who were killed, that they’re going to ban public gatherings, music, and any kind of fun. And his daughter grows up in this atmosphere with Andie McDowell being a dower mom, looking for any chance to rebel, including wearing incredibly short shorts and hanging out with bad boys. And we know they’re bad boys because they drive fast cars. Enter the newbie in town, who has no charisma, good cheekbones, and no chemistry with his leading lady who’s got to be at least a decade older than he is. And while he’s a good acrobat, he’s not a great dancer. The only reason to see this movie is the last scene, which actually is great fun, and the kid who plays Willard. But this is half a star. You’re much better off to rent the original, which is still stupid.

JOY METER1/2