Friday, October 14, 2011

The Original 1984 Release of Footloose With Kevin Bacon


I loved the original Footloose. Why remake it?
I am so very sad this weekend with the remake of Footloose. You know how upset I was about my other childhood favorite remake, Karate Kid. I loved everything about the original Footloose, but of course Kevin Bacon had a lot to do with my Footloose obsession. 

At age 12, I loved the music. I knew the words to every single song on the soundtrack. I loved the style of the clothing everyone wore -- I wasn't even into cowboy boots, but it worked in Footloose. As a preteen, I wanted to someday attend a prom. I wanted to drive an old VW Bug. I wanted to live in the country and hang out at a cool burger joint.

I wanted a boyfriend with messy, spiked hair. In fact, Footloose pretty much started the spiked hair trend for the average kid. I remember wanting my hair to stick up like Ren's. I read in Seventeen that I needed something called mousse to do it. Back in 1984 mousse was almost impossible to find.

Why remake one of my childhood favorites? Why mess with a good thing? Why not just touch it up and re-release the originals? 

10 comments:

Ms. A said...

Said the exact same thing to my Daughter, earlier this week! They might be able to modernize it, but they'll never be able to top it.

Riot Kitty said...

I'm really tired of them re-making 80s movies. But they could probably digitally alter his ball-eating pants!

Martin Maenza said...

Ally, I totally agree. Stop with the remakes, Hollywood. The remakes of Dirty Dancing, Fame and now Footloose - just no! Those three films were perfect with great soundtracks. Stop trying to cash in and instead come up with your own new classics.

Bossy Betty said...

I agree with you! That Kevin--that hair-that shirt!

DWei said...

I've never seen the original actually.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

He's adorable. I love the movie and song. There's no way I will watch the remake.
xoRobyn

alicia said...

i HATE it. is nothing sacred???

Christina said...

I'm so mad about this too! Footloose was the best! I love the entire soundtrack, too.

b-chica said...
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b-chica said...

I saw it expecting it to suck (the 50+ year old friend I went with goes to sucky movies to make fun of them all the time and that was what we were planning on doing). We both ended up enjoying it.

Not as good as the original, but still a very watchable movie. Ariel still had the red boots, Chuck was still an ass, Ren still didn't fit in, Uncle Wes was actually cool and some of the other characters were given more depth. Didn't particularly like the Rusty, but the original Rusty was who I wanted to be like, so I had more invested in that character than the others.

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