Footloose is back, 27 years after America first cut loose with the story of old folks who hate loud music and wild dancing teens who want to shake their groove thing all night long.
The story remains basically the same in this remake, largely shot in Hiram, Acworth, Kennesaw and other Atlanta-area sites. A grieving pastor (Dennis Quaid now, John Lithgow in 1984) leads a drive to pass an ordinance forbidding dancing, and a few years later his daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough now, Lori Singer then), stirs controversy by participating in forbidden, underground dancing.
The new kid in town, Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald in place of Kevin Bacon), rallies the teens to petition the city to allow dancing. For a town that hasn't had public dancing in a while, the kids are suspiciously well choreographed.
When you remake a movie that wasn’t great to begin with, you get another not-so-great movie. Footloose is fun, ridiculously far-fetched, and, for the most part, too cute and loaded with gobs of sap. The flick-o-meter gives it barely three out of five.
Digital Projection show times at Cartersville's Carmike Cinemas are 1, 4, 7 and 9:45 p.m.