Summary of the Movie "Footloose"

by Rebecca Mayglothling

"Footloose" begins in Chicago.

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The movie "Footloose" was released in 1984, starring Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack, Lori Singer as Ariel Moore and John Lithgow as the Rev. Shaw Moore. The soundtrack was as popular as the movie, spawning five hit songs, including "Footloose" and "Let's Hear It for the Boy." The movie received two Oscar nominations and inspired a stage production. A 2011 remake, which has big dancing shoes to fill, stars Kenny Wormald as Ren and Julianne Hough as Ariel.

New Kid in Town

Ren McCormack is an average Chicago teenager enjoying the city life when his father walks out on the family. He and his mother are forced to move in with mom's sister in a small town called Beaumont. The town is dusty, run down and slow. Ren experiences culture shock upon moving and attending school in an environment opposite his beloved city.

Teenage Angst

Ren soon discovers that the town is run by the strict minister of a local church. He also learns that the teenagers are eager to let loose and have fun, but are unable to do so because of strict town rules. The teen angst theme is prevalent as the teens sneak around to party and act out under the noses of the adults.

Strict Laws

Following a tragedy, town rules were instituted banning dancing, music other than gospel and high-speed driving. The rules are so strict that anyone caught in violation is heavily punished by their parents and local law enforcement. Music brought into the town is confiscated upon discovery. Ren, with Quiet Riot blaring from his car stereo, learns this the hard way when a police officer pulls him over and destroys his cassette tape. The music ban is not law but is strictly enforced by the adults.

The Fallout (Spoilers)

Ren decides the community needs a change. He takes a group of teenagers across town lines to a dance hall, where he teaches them to dance. On the way back, the teens are speeding and hanging out the windows of the car. They are caught and in trouble, but band together to bring music and fun back to the town. Ren remains in the small town he helped revive, bringing basic rights back to teenagers in Beaumont.

About the Author

Rebecca Mayglothling has worked directly with toddlers and preschoolers for more than three years. She has published numerous lesson plans online as well as parenting and teaching advice. She continues to keep ahead of parenting methods and is eager to share them through her professional writing.

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