Theatrical Release: October 14, 2011


Writer/Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, Footloose. Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.

Dove Review

It’s been a long time since the first and original “Footloose” was released in the eighties, starring Kevin Bacon. This version is definitely updated with modern content to boot. And that means a lot of emphasis on sex and language.

Kenny Wormald plays Ren McCormack, a gymnast, one of the main characters. He’s the new kid in town, having moved to Bomont, Georgia, from Boston following his mom’s death from cancer. He immediately learns about his new environment when he is pulled over for playing very loud music while driving. Ren learns that three years before five high school students were killed in a tragic car accident following their departure from a party where there had been teen drinking. Pastor Shaw Moore’s (Dennis Quaid) son was the driver of the car. Pastor Moore has been heavily involved in passing and enforcing laws to keep a repeat accident from happening and this includes allowing no dancing and drinking, etc. in the town. Unfortunately, his daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) rebels and when she meets Ren, he is the catalyst that challenges the town’s laws and who makes an even bigger rebel out of Ariel.

It’s interesting to note that various scriptures about dancing are used from the Bible, including Ecclesiastes chapter three which refers to there being a time to dance. And of course David danced before the Lord. The context of the dancing is important but the point is made that perhaps not all dancing is sinful.

At any rate, the content is way over the top when it comes to the sex and language arenas, as well as the drug content which includes a few drug comments and a scene involving marijuana. For these reasons, this film will have “to sit this one out” and cannot receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Strong sexual situations and comments throughout the movie including frank sexual comments; innuendos; passionate kissing; a close-up of a girl's behind; implied sex outside of marriage and the girl is a pastor's daughter; suggestive and lewd dancing.
Language: G/OMG-3; S-20; A-8; H-7; D-4; SOB-4; B*tch-3; "Sucks"-1; Slang for having sex-5; Slang for male genitalia-2; Slang for breasts-1
Violence: A father slaps his daughter for being mouthy; a truck crashes into a car and five teens are killed and we see the flames although not the kids; cars collide; a fist fight with punches thrown; another fight; a character is hit on the head with a bottle; a father and daughter disagree.
Drugs: It's said some girls were "smoking", meaning hot, and a character asks what they were smoking; teens drink at a party; some teens leave the party and get into a fatal accident; talk of getting "stoned"; a reference to a character having smoked marijuana; a character with a marijuana cigarette is caught and flushes it down toilet; drinking in a few scenes; a character says to drink on "God's day" (Sunday) the beer must be bought on "Beer day" or on Saturday in other words.
Nudity: Plenty of cleavage; a girl takes off her shirt to use as a flag in starting a car race and she is seen in her bra.
Other: A father talks about losing his son in a car crash; death and grief; talk of a mom who got leukemia; family squabbles.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Dean Pitchford & Craig Brewer
Director: Craig Brewer
Producer: Gary Barber
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 113 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter