Ren wins when his shoelace becomes stuck and prevents him from jumping from the tractor.
Reverend Moore distrusts Ren, and he grounds Ariel, forbidding her to see him.
He soon begins to fall for a rebellious teenage girl named Ariel, who has an abusive boyfriend, Chuck Cranston, and a strict father, Shaw Moore, who is a reverend of the local church.
Tidied up a bit though, it's a fun movie to watch with teens and could be a good lead in to some well timed conversations on dating, dancing, problem solving and respect.
Classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression features a delightful combination of dance choreography and realistic and touching performances.
Ren's life changes when he moves to a small town where rock-n-roll and dancing are criminal activities. No parent should ever have to know the horror of burying their own child. It may not have had the best acting as the original or carried the same weight, but it was a feel-good movie that put a smile on a my face.
When Ren falls in love with the reverend's daughter, Ariel Moore, the music pauses and Ren needs to shape up or make dancing a legal activity once again. And yet, five of Bomont's brightest have lost their lives. It had amazing dance sequences and great music that left me dancing out of the theater.
It goes without saying, that any movie that builds it's premise around a high school dance will certainly be out dated in a few short years.
But this movie was pretty big stuff in it's day, and still has it's impact--whether you know it or not--on ours. Swear, if you can, that you couldn't sing every word to the theme song or 'Let's Hear It For The Boy' both, still played on a lot of radio stations today. I remember at the first close up of his spiky hair, the audience laughed right out loud.
After discovering Footloose fan, Emily Whitcomb's "Footloose Rap" on Youtube, director Craig Brewer invited her to attend a preview screening of the movie where he filmed a "remake" of the rap with actors Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald as backup dancers. Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough brought a certain airy feeling to the film that was missing from the original, and their chemistry-- especially on the dance floor--was palpable.
That clip was also uploaded to Youtube and was included in the Blu-ray special features. I think that it was a perfect movie for my generation who didn't grow up watching the original.
It tells the story of Ren Mc Cormack (Kevin Bacon), an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow), dancing and rock music have been banned.