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I know I shouldn’t be this excited about a movie about a bunch of country kids learning to dance again thanks to a hunky Boston kid (anyone ordered some chowda?) with an attitude problem, but I have very fond memories of the Kevin Bacon original, and from the looks of it, Craig Brewer’s remake has kept quite a bit of the original. There’s even the “dancing by myself” in a factory scene, the Volkswagen, and the red velvet tux. The dances, of course, looks a lot dirtier, but that’s to be expected in a 2011 movie. The kids love that grinding stuff, or so I’ve heard.
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.
Starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ziah Colon, Ray McKinnon, Miles Teller, Ser’Darius William Blain, Patrick John Flueger, Andie MacDowell, and directed by Craig Brewer.
Cutting loose October 14, 2011.
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