Another film I don’t plan to see

Aren’t we supposed to be retirement age before the movie studios start remaking films we saw in high school? Footloose was one of the classics of my young adulthood, a simple little feel-good movie with an awesome (or so I thought then) soundtrack that we all played endlessly on our cassette decks. Plus, being teenagers, we could all relate to a plot involving boring, sticks-up-their-asses adults outlawing dancing. And we loved the idea of the movie teens banding together and rebelling against the punitive law. It’s a universal (and generational) theme.

Now there’s a new version, and even if I were inclined to check it out, the poster has put me off of it.

Remember the original?

Footloose original

A kid with his Sony Walkman clipped to his belt, dancing with abandon in a rural field. We could tell simply by looking at it that this was a film about misunderstood, lonely teens just like us.

Here’s the new one:

Footloose remake

No loneliness there! Doesn’t appear to be much misunderstanding, either. Although, come to think of it, I am a little confused. Is this a film about dancing, or sex?

It’s so great to know that a quarter-century and one generation after the original film, women have attained completely equal social status and are no longer used merely as sex objects to support male leads.

(If you want to watch, here’s the trailer. Is it my failing memory or were there no exploding buses and giant fireballs in the original?)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Another film I don’t plan to see

  1. Sandy says:

    I Love that movie – the original. and a little secret… I still listen to that soundtrack, actually “footloose” by Kenny Loggins is currently on my iPod 🙂
    and I agree, that second poster doesn’t seem to be related to the story either, It would be better for a remake of “Shag” (another fave from teen years)

    • oregon expat says:

      Okay, I admit that “I’m Free (Heaven Help the Man)” by Loggins is on my iPod, too…and “Holding Out for a Hero” remains one of the two great songs of Bonnie Tyler’s career.

  2. UK says:

    What will be next for a remake – The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Fashdance …..

  3. This is sad. The second poster (which I typed sexond at first, hmmm) is appalling. I recall no short shorts in the original.

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