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RE­VIEW

Foot­loose (M) ★★★■ Di­rec­tor: Craig Brewer ( Hus­tle

and Flow)

Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Pa­trick John Fleuger, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller

Sure steps along a fa­mil­iar path How does Foot­loose 2.0 stack up against the orig­i­nal? Tough ques­tion. The new ver­sion is su­pe­rior in most de­part­ments.

The stan­dard of act­ing is slightly higher and the danc­ing is light years bet­ter.

The script and di­rec­tion are tighter, punchier and to the point.

How­ever – and this is a big how­ever – the orig­i­nal Foot­loose holds an en­dur­ing iconic sta­tus for ’ 80s trag­ics.

The new Foot­loose will barely be re­mem­bered by Christ­mas. So it goes. The story re­mains pretty much the same as the orig­i­nal – a perky lit­tle melo­drama pit­ting old against young, cool against square, and those with rhythm against those with­out. Small-town life is get­ting up the nose of city boy rebel Ren Mc­Cor­mack ( Kenny Wormald) big time.

Ow­ing to a tragic car ac­ci­dent years ear­lier, any­thing that the lo­cal kids like do­ing – play­ing loud mu­sic, danc­ing and stay­ing out past 11pm – has been sum­mar­ily out­lawed by the town el­ders.

Our hero, of course, is go­ing to do some­thing about that be­fore the fi­nal cred­its roll.

But first there’s the good-look­ing daugh­ter ( Julianne Hough) of a hard-nosed preacher ( Dennis Quaid) to be ro­manced.

And there’s a whole lotta danc­ing to be done.

The glue sub­tly hold­ing every­thing to­gether for Foot­loose is the in­tel­li­gent and at­mo­spheric di­rec­tion of Craig Brewer. He keeps the cheese fac­tor ramped down for as long as hu­manly pos­si­ble be­fore giv­ing way to the in­evitable Glee-es­que fi­nale.

LEIGH PAATSCH

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

foot­loose­movie. com/ en au

Danc­ing man: P6-7

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