Entertainment Weekly - 10/14/2011
"[S]tepping into sacred shoes once worn by Kevin Bacon, Wormald handily owns the role for a new audience....Guardian of the '80s flame will approve..." -- Grade: A-
Total Film - 11/01/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "Craig Brewer's remake is respectful....[Wormald] is a solid, likeable lead."
Los Angeles Times - 10/14/2011
"[FOOTLOOSE] stays remarkably close to its predecessor in all the ways that count."
Box Office - 10/05/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "From start to finish, Brewer's remake exudes the look and style of its forebearers....It works..."
Movieline - 10/13/2011
"This is a pop entertainment made with an eye for detail....Much of the dancing is still great fun to watch -- the sequences are exuberant..."
HUSTLE & FLOW director Craig Brewer takes the helm for this remake of the popular 1984 musical romance about a big-city teen who moves to a town that has outlawed dancing. Uprooted from Boston and reluctantly transplanted to the small Bible Belt town of Bomont, Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) finds himself in a repressed community still reeling from a devastating loss. Shortly before he arrived in Bomont, five local teens perished in a tragic car accident following a local dance. As a result, the upstanding Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) and the local councilmen passed a strict ordinance outlawing both dancing and excessively loud music. Convinced that the new law is hopelessly misguided, rebellious Ren puts on his dancing shoes and wins the heart of Reverend Moore's distraught daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough), while showing his fellow classmates that it's perfectly normal to blow off a little steam with some loud music and good friends.