You can talk smack about cheesy 80s movies all you want, but I’ll love them forever and Footloose is probably my favorite. I can’t even estimate how many times I’ve seen it, but it’s more than enough times to have it practically memorized. Just a note: I have not seen the recent remake, nor do I ever plan to. It was a sin that they filmed it in the first place. Disgraceful. Don’t get me started.
From the DVD:
Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) is a big-city kid looking for some fun. But, after Ren moves to the sleepy Midwest, he finds himself in the town that fun forgot! When Ren hears that the town’s uptight minister (John Lithgow) has placed a ban on dancing, he decides to take a stand. With his best friend (Chris Penn) and the minister’s rebellious daughter (Lori Singer), Ren wages a fight for their right to shake, rattle and roll—a campaign that will have the town in an uproar….
There were some big names in this film, as well as some who seem to have faded away. Thinking back on its catchy music and corny one-liners, I don’t know that I could do the movie justice by summarizing it. But here’s one of the early, funny exchanges between new friends Ren and Willard just before they get pulled over by a cop for playing their music too loud:
Ren: You like Men at Work?
Willard: Which man?
Ren: Men at Work.
Willard: Well where do they work?
Ren: No, they don’t, they’re a music group.
Willard: Well what do they call themselves?
Ren: Oh no! What about the Police?
Willard: What about ’em?
Ren: You ever heard them?
Willard: No, but I seen them.
Ren: Where, in concert?
Willard: No, behind you.