Ready for ‘Footloose’ Friday?

Ready for ‘Footloose’ Friday?

Even wallflowers might feel the need to cut “Footloose” this week.

Not only did the Blu-ray version of the 1984 film hit shelves on Sept. 27 – complete with star Kevin Bacon’s screen test – but the upcoming remake is getting a one-day sneak preview. The film doesn’t officially hit theaters until Oct. 14, but on Sept. 30 26 select theaters across the country and Canada will give audiences a chance to see the film first. And, if you dig what you see, you’re encouraged to Tweet your praise using #footloose to join the conversation.

Of course, none of this works if the remake fails to capture the magic of the original. Said magic mostly escaped this film critic who caught up with the 1984 version – finally – earlier this year. But never underestimate the power of dancing.

In the late 1980s I worked at a Mom and Pop video store, and “Dirty Dancing” was the biggest renting title from that era. Our store had to restructure its reservation policy because of it.

The new “Footloose” stars screen newbies Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough in the roles immortalized by Bacon and Lori Singer. Dennis Quaid plays the reverend who doesn’t want dancing in his town. Good luck with that, Rev.

Here’s a list of the chosen movie theaters playing the film at 6 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. ET this Friday.

Atlanta (Regal Town Center)

Boston (Regal Fenway)

Chicago (Regal Webster Place)

Cleveland (Regal Crocker Park)

Dallas (Rave Ridgemar)

Denver (Regal UA Pavilions)

Detroit (MJR Partridge Creek)

Houston (Regal Edwards Marq*E)

Kansas City (AMC Barrywoods)

Los Angeles (AMC Century City and AMC Burbank 16)

Miami (AMC Sunset Place)

Minneapolis (AMC Southdale)

New York (Regal Union Square)

Orlando (Regal Winter Park)

Philadelphia (Regal King of Prussia)

Phoenix (Harkins Tempe Marketplace)

Sacramento (Century Roseville)

Salt Lake City (Gateway Megaplex)

San Diego (Regal Mira Mesa)

San Francisco (AMC Metreon)

Seattle (Regal Meridien)

St. Louis (Wehrenberg Ronnies)

Tampa (AMC Veterans)

Toronto (Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre)

Washington DC (Regal Majestic)

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PaulaNo Gravatar September 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Even though I was a teenager when the original “Footloose” was released, I never could get into this movie and I still haven’t seen it all the way through. It seemed kind of silly to me and I didn’t like the music. Can’t say I’m thrilled to learn there’s a remake.

LizNo Gravatar September 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I never got into this movie or Dirty Dancing. The whole dancing prohibition for religious reasons seemed anachronistic in the 80’s, and is even more so today. So this one is not only an unnecessary remake but yet another movie where Christians are portrayed as controlling killjoys. Might have worked if they had set it in another part of the world that actually still bans things like dancing & music (and unchaperoned teens mixing), but Hollywood isn’t brave enough to do that…

EricPNo Gravatar September 29, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Wait, CT, you didn’t see Footloose till this year? Well, no wonder you didn’t dig it. While I watch it regularly due to an unhealthy man-love for the Bacon (plus Chris Penn, Lithgow and the soundtrack), won’t deny it’s very much a product of its time.

Agree with Liz 100% on the “repressive” Christian bashing, too. C’mon, Disney/Fox/Sony/etc., double-dog dare ya to set it in the Middle East.

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