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Film Franchises: ‘Footloose’ Keeps Us Dancing

Over the years, many studios have tried to find ways to take the same idea that worked once, switch it around a bit and then re-market it as a sequel or even a remake.

This week, let’s discuss a series where the first movie was so successful among teens, that the studio decided to remake it a mere 25 years later, hoping to “cash” in on a new generation that wanted to just get up and dance. We’re talking about Footloose and its remake.

Here’s a bit of stats about the 2 movies (Figures from BoxOffice Mojo)

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Although many critics panned the original movie, teens and moviegoers in the 80’s loved its combination of music, rebellion and lots of dancing. Yes, it can be considered 80’s cheese, but it still holds up even after 30+ years. This is the role that made Kevin Bacon a star and it shows. Lori Singer, Chris Penn, Diane Wiest, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Lithgow are all superb.

The music in this film was top notch, with a superb soundtrack with songs by Kenny Loggins, Denice Williams, Bonnie Tyler and the love theme by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson.

Here are some of the songs to refresh your memory if needed:

The remake on the other hand is not memorable at all.

It tells almost the same identical story with less flair and the only good song is the remix of the title song.  After the car crash happens at the beginning, the movie is completely D.O.A. Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Miles Teller, Andie MacDowell, Ziah Colon and the always excellent and underrated Dennis Quaid are no match for their 80’s counterparts.

Oscar Tally

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The 2 Oscar nominations for the original were for Best Song; The title song Footloose and Let’s Here is for the Boy.  Both excellent songs, but that year was especially competitive in this category where they were up against the “Ghostbusters” title song, “Take a Look at Me Now” from Against All Odds and the eventual winner, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” for The Woman in Red.

Franchise Ranking

  1. Footloose – 1984 – Iconic 80’s film that even gets a shoutout from Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
  2. Footloose – 2011 – Complete dud of a remake that should never have been made.

Favorite moments in each of the films

  • Footloose (1984) – There are so many iconic scenes (mostly dancing) in this film, but the best is when Ren is teaching Willard how to dance.

  • Footloose (2011) -The only good scene in this remake dud is the opening scene which features a remix of the title song.

Final Thoughts

Yet more proof that remakes are usually a waste of time and money.  The original made 10 times its budget while the remake didn’t even manage to triple its budget.  The music of the original still stands out and they couldn’t even copy that success with the remake.

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