The 2011 remake of 1984’s “Footloose” stars Ken Wormald and Julianne
Hough, and portrays the difficulties teens face when their “freedom of
expression” is taken away.
A tragedy strikes the small, conservative
town of Bomont when five seniors
get into a car crash after drinking at a
dancing party. Following the death
of these five teens, dancing is banned.
When the privilege is taken from
them, teens start sneaking around the
There are many strong messages in this movie. When the main
character, Ren (played by Ken Wormald of Stoughton, Massachusetts) addresses the town
council about the law pertaining to dancing, he is able to change
the minds of the men on the board. He references the Bible and uses good
logic, to convince the men on the board to allow the students in Bomont to
have the dance they want. Ren’s proactive attitude shows that it is
important to stand up for what you believe in, and to believe in yourself.
Another message in the movie is about the importance of being
open to new things and being able to adjust to unusual circumstances. Unlike
most of the teens in Bomont, Ren’s friend Willard cannot dance. People ask
him to dance at clubs or when they hang out, but he always refuses.
Eventually, Ren has his two little girl cousins teach Willard how to dance.
Once Willard gets the hang of it, he really enjoys it.
Ren has a few issues himself. When he first arrives in Bomont, the Boston
native is shocked when he learns that dancing is illegal. He is even more
astonished when he gets a ticket for playing his music too loudly and
“disturbing the peace.”
But by the end of the movie, Ren adjusts to the new
town and learns to enjoy it.
Aside from its positive messages, the movie has a few negative
aspects. There is a lot of teen alcohol consumption and inappropriate
references to women and drugs. This lifestyle may accurately describe teen
life, but it is inappropriate for some audiences. “Footloose” is a fantastic
movie with good messages and an interesting, updated plot.