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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Remake is surprisingly fresh but still faithful to original.

Movie PG-13 2011 113 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 14+

I loved it.

The movie may be bait different from the go Footloose. while it is a little more sexualized and promiscuous times are also different., I think the movie does a overall good job at hiding the slightly inappropriate references whee most under the age of 13 would not understand some of them. Children over the age of 13 should be fine. As a society we have come far from what was considered inappropriate back in the day, which I think this movie does a great job at subtly showing, when you compare the kids to their parents.
age 11+

awesome movie for kids just getting bored of the younger stuff

my kids love this movie yes there is some crude humor in it but other wise great

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (39 ):

Many remakes are unnecessary or downright depressing, so there's an element of surprise when one is actually decent. Director Craig Brewer's (Hustle & Flow) take on the iconic '80s movie manages to be believably "new" while remaining quite faithful to the original -- from the overall storyline to some nearly shot-for-shot, line-by-line sequences. Brewer's updates, in fact, are all quite subtle -- the locations are different (Ren's home city is Boston instead of Chicago, to accommodate McCormack's native accent, and he moves to Georgia instead of Oklahoma), the cast now includes a more diverse group of students, the teens' dancing is more modern, and Ren is motherless, making him yet another underdog movie orphan you can't help but root to win.

But for the most part, everything else is familiar -- and for once, that's a good thing. Wormald has an elfin James Dean quality that makes him cute but not distractingly edgy or sexy. He's got a winning smile and amazing dancing skills (better than Kevin Bacon's), and his scenes teaching pal Willard (Teller channels the best of the late Chris Penn's performance) to boogie are again some of the best in the movie. Hough sheds her ballroom-dancing pro persona (although there's a joke thrown in just for Dancing with the Stars fans) to seem like a real actress, but her portrayal takes a backseat to Wormald and Teller's. Dennis Quaid's minister isn't as fire-and-brimstone intense as the original's John Lithgow, but his tone is just the right balance of conflicted and protective. While this remake may not be the cultural touchstone that Bacon's version became, it's toe-tapping fun for teens and nostalgic parents.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 14, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: March 6, 2012
  • Cast: Dennis Quaid , Julianne Hough , Kenny Wormald
  • Director: Craig Brewer
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language
  • Last updated: December 31, 2022

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