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"FOOTLOOSE"
(2011) (Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Moderate
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Following his mother's death, a teen moves from Boston to a small southern town where he falls for the preacher's rebellious daughter and ends up challenging the reverend's and the others' ban on dancing and other "wild" teen behavior.
PLOT:
Following the death of his mother, high school gymnast Ren McCormack (KENNY WORMALD) is forced to move from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he lives with his aunt and uncle, Lulu (KIM DICKENS) and Wes Warnicker (RAY McKINNON). Bomont is a sleepy little place, especially since there's been a ban on dancing and other "wild" teenage behavior following the deaths several years earlier of several teens following a night of partying and dancing.

Chief among the proponents of that ban is Reverend Shaw Moore (DENNIS QUAID) whose son was among those killed. Since then, his teenage daughter, Ariel (JULIANNE HOUGH), has become something of a wild child, attending secret dance gatherings and fooling around with the likes of local race car driver Chuck Cranston (PATRICK JOHN FLUEGER). That's much to the chagrin of Ariel's best friend, Rusty Rodriguez (ZIAH COLON), who thinks she's behaving irresponsibly.

That doesn't mean, however, Rusty hides her obvious attraction to good ol' boy Willard (MILES TELLER) who ends up befriending Ren, as does high school football captain Woody (SER'DARIUS WILLIAM BLAIN) and others. But Chuck isn't happy to see Ren enter the picture, especially when it's obvious that Ariel is attracted to the newcomer. That latter development also doesn't sit well with Shaw, particularly when Ren starts to question the town's ban on dancing.

While having to deal with being the new guy in school and the community, Ren then decides it's up to him to take a stand and fight not only for Ariel, but also what he thinks is right in terms of that dancing and other teen behavior.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're fans of anyone in the cast, the original film, or movies about dancing and/or teens standing up against authority.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language.


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