Life Between Frames: The Remake Comparison Project - Our Time to Dance
Footloose () on IMDb: Plot summary, synopsis, and more. At school on Monday, Ren meets Rusty and Ariel, and they comment on his more city-like attire. Willard informs Ren about the deaths of the students three years ago, and how. Scene 1 N1: A City Council meeting in Bomont, Georgia, Shaw: Five of Bomont's N1: Ren hops off with everything he owns in one small suitcase. Ren: Hey Ren: No way! Willard: It's been that way since the accident three years ago . Footloose's Bomont is loosely based on Elmore City, a town in schoolers were very polite in their request, they were met with some stern disapproval. The montage where Ren teaches Willard Hewitt (Chris Penn) to dance.
The song that begins playing is the Pitchford-written "Dancing in the Sheets", performed by Shalamar. No matter where they are on the Hi-Spot property or inside the building, everyone can hear the song and they start dancing to it. Kids are dancing in their cars, in the restrooms, while they're playing arcade games. Even the cook is dancing. Then Reverend Moore shows up to make sure Ariel had some money with her and stops the music.
Everyone looks busted and uncomfortable. It even changes from daytime to nighttime, but the curious thing is, it doesn't seem to take her father that long to catch up to them at all. And he spent a long time talking to people and Ren's family after Ariel had left. Did he take a shortcut? Due to those reactions, you can bet that no other teen in Bomont would be blaring Quiet Riot's "Metal Health Bang Your Head " from their car stereo like Ren does when he drives into the school parking lot in his VW Bug the next day.
Nor does anyone else in the school have a Sting-inspired hairdo or wear a tie like he does. Ren bumps into country boy Willard Hewitt Chris Penn in the hallway, which looks like trouble because Willard has a confrontational reaction. Instead, Ren giving a minor insult back causes Willard to warm up to him and they part with a handshake.
Their first interaction is really amusing. Willard finally finds someone who talks back instead of just going for the punch, and he seems to love it. When Ren crosses paths with Ariel in the hall, it's pretty obvious that he is intrigued by her. Ren and Willard meet back up for lunch, during which Ren regales his new pal with slightly exaggerated tales of getting into Chicago clubs with stolen IDs and dancing with the college girls.
The faces Willard makes while Ren tells him about his big city escapades are priceless. Ren then gets his mind blown when Willard tells him that dancing is illegal in Bomont. Ren's response to this shocking news isn't "No way" or "Are you kidding?
Dancing was outlawed five or six years earlier when some kids got killed in a car wreck that was blamed on music, liquor, and dancing. Willard is so out of the loop that he figures Ren must be rich to own a cassette tape the aforementioned Quiet Riot. The Bomont kid doesn't listen to music and hasn't even heard of current bands like Men at Work or The Police. I almost got to see Men at Work in concert once, and I did see The Police live inso this is one of my favorite moments.
Where do they work? Uncle Wes and aunt Lulu Lynne Marta warn him to watch his music playing and his big city attitude, telling him such behavior could get him put on school and church probation for weeks. That night, Reverend Moore listens to chamber music while doing some work.
Ariel apologizes for what happened at the Hi-Spot, but questions him about his music. He says what he listens to is okay because it's uplifting and doesn't confuse minds and bodies. Ariel appears to want to stick up for the music she listens to, but then draws back. She also appears to want to talk to her father more, but he's too preoccupied. At the end of a school day, Chuck stops by to pick up Ariel and decides to pick on new guy Ren a little while he's there.
I like the "I thought only pansies wore neckties," "I thought only assholes used the word pansy" exchange, a zing that shows Ren had a nicely progressive attitude for an '80s teen. Ren's first real confrontation in Bomont is followed by a scene in which he gets a job working at a feed mill owned by Andy Beamis Timothy Scott. While hiring him, Beamis gives Ren a bit of an unsolicited pep talk about not letting the locals get to him.
This is only one little corner of the world. Beamis is one of my favorite characters. And a very important one, whose idea culminates in the movie's climax. While Ren is working, Ariel shows up with a message she has volunteered to deliver for Chuck: And Chuck will find him.
This moment with Ariel makes Ren even more intrigued by her and he starts asking around about her. Willard tells him she has a reputation as a hellraiser, and she's been kissed a lot. Ariel's dad hates that she wears red cowboy boots, but those should be the least of his worries.
She's doing a lot more than kissing with Chuck Cranston, sneaking off into the woods with him for sex and music.
Still, Ariel and Chuck are clearly not destined to be together for long. Not only is he a jerk, but he also doesn't support her idea of leaving their small town to go to college. Not much is heard of the song playing on the radio while the couple talks, but it's "Somebody's Eyes", performed by Karla Bonoff and co-written by Pitchford. Ren shows up for his field appointment with Chuck and finds out that they're going to solve their differences by playing a game of chicken, driving front loader tractors at each other with a steep embankment on one side and a creek on the other.
Rusty, Willard, and a guy named Woody John Laughlin are there to show Ren support, and to teach him how to drive a tractor, since he never has before. It's really funny how Willard just echoes everything Woody says during the tractor lesson. Chuck has a boombox on his tractor and pushes Play on the cassette tape in it right before Ariel starts the game of chicken by tossing her cowboy hat in the air. The song that plays as the tractors rumble toward collision is "Holding Out for a Hero", co-written by Pitchford and performed by Bonnie Tyler.
In my perception, "Holding Out for a Hero" is one of the most iconic songs of the '80s. I have a memory of exercising to this song as a very young child, wanting to live up to its description of a hero.
While I do like the song, it isn't one of my favorites. I'd pick at least 4 or 5 others from the soundtrack before I'd get to "Holding Out for a Hero". Ren comes out the winner of the chicken game simply because when he tries to bail the shoelace of his Converse is stuck on the tractor's clutch, so Chuck is forced to be the chicken.
Chuck goes into the creek and his tractor goes down the embankment. Now Ariel is all about Ren, and she meets Rusty at the Hi-Spot, where the arcade games are being removed to protect the children from their influence, so she can be briefed with all the information her friend has on him. There is what I assume was a mistake in this scene, and I love that the take in which it occurs was the one used for the film.
While talking to Ariel, Rusty accidentally hits the basket of fries Ariel is holding. Sarah Jessica Parker just says "Whoops! It's very real and natural. Claiming the joint is just tea, Ren flushes it down the toilet before the Coach can take it from him.
Word of this incident, as well as the shenanigans at the Cranston farm, gets back to Ren's uncle Wes, who gives him a bit of a talking to about all the trouble he's been getting into. When Wes acknowledges that he can't replace Ren's father, Ren storms out. Ren goes to the feed mill, which is closed for the day, and the most famous scene in the movie plays out. Smoking, drinking, and listening to "Never" written by Pitchford and his "Fame" collaborator Michael Gore, performed by Moving PicturesRen has a gymnastics-infused angry dance all through the mill.
If every kid decided to dance their anger away, there'd be less fighting and shootings, that's all I'm saying. The dance ends when interrupted by cheers from Ariel, there to see him.
Both are interested in each other and Ariel is now pursuing him, but Ren doesn't give in, put off by her behavior and the company she keeps. When she asks if he wants to kiss her, he says, "Someday. For a girl with scholastic dreams, Ariel really doesn't come off as being very bright. The point was to just get as far from Bomont as possible.
I don't think she did a lot of "studying". Ariel has Ren drive her out to a train yard, where an old, decommissioned engine has become what the Bomont kids call "The Yearbook". Four or five years earlier, they started writing quotes from banned books, songs, and magazines on its walls, as well as some original poems.
Some of the poems were written by Ariel. The girl exhibits more reckless behavior when she hears a train approaching on the track that runs beside The Yearbook. She stands right in the middle of the track, holds a hand up and screams, daring the train to hit her.
My mother is a retired train engineer, so she finds scenes like this in movies very unnerving, reminded of the stress and worry that comes with knowing someone might mess around at any point on the track and get themselves hit by the train.
Don't play chicken with trains, folks. They don't stop quickly and they don't swerve. Just seems really stupid to me, that someone would do that without wanting to get hit.
But since it's so overdone in movies, I suppose it's a "thing".
The train can't stop and Ariel shows no sign of moving, so Ren has to tackle her to get her off the track. Once he has recovered from the scare, he takes her home.
Reverend Moore catches his daughter sneaking in late and questions how he can enforce a curfew on the young people in his congregation when he can't even enforce it at home.
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Moore and Ariel have a heated exchange, during which she says she was with Ren, the outsider troublemaker. She sticks up for Ren, but her dad doesn't want her associating with him. Ren is the one who gets punished, kicked off the school gymnastics team. The official explanation is that the school doesn't have the funds for any more gymnasts, but it's obvious that he was really kicked off for having Ariel out late.
While joking around with Willard about how he could get revenge for this unfair treatment, an idea occurs to Ren.
All it would take to turn this town upside down is a dance. News that high school students are wanting to have a dance is soon causing waves in Bomont, with concerned citizen Roger Gurntz bringing his worries to Moore that Ren MacCormack is going to end up causing every standard of their community to be violated.
While Gurntz is ranting to her dad, Ariel is sneaking out of the house to join Ren, Willard, and Rusty on a trip across state lines to a dance club in the nearest city. Ren wants them to see what they've been missing. Ariel, Rusty and Willard seem to be shocked, in a positive way, like they didn't know places like that existed.
And the place looks like fun. The club they go to is a place the characters from Urban Cowboy would've loved, it's just missing a mechanical bull. Willard waits until they're inside the club before he confides in Ren that he can't dance at all, so rather than dance with Rusty he just takes a seat, telling her his feet are hurting, and drinks beer. I didn't realize before this that Willard and Rusty were supposed to be a couple. I was always under the impression that he wanted them to be a couple, but Rusty was hesitant, because of all the fighting he was known for.
I love that it plays again later on in the movie. Both songs are favorites of mine. When Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" kicks in, Rusty can't contain herself any longer and joins Ren and Ariel on the dance floor. She was worried that Willard would get in a fight while they were out, and her worries come true when she dances with a cowboy.
Willard confronts the guy and gets punched in the face for it. Driving back to Bomont, the teens cross over Crosby Bridge, a place Willard says gives him the creeps. That's because it's the site of the accident that led to the strict laws being passed in Bomont. Two carloads of drunken teens were playing "highway tag" on the bridge, collided, and went over the edge.
This is why Reverend Moore is so intense about saving his townspeople. The next day, Reverend Moore confronts his daughter about where she was and things go south quickly. Ariel feels ignored at home, but her father wants to know everything she does when she's not at home. The argument ends with Moore slapping Ariel, the first time he's ever hit anyone in his life.
Moore and his wife Vi have a heart-to-heart after this blow-up. He feels that he's losing Ariel and has run out of things to say to her. Vi says they butt heads because they're alike, both willful and obstinate. Going around town trying to spread word about the dance and rally support, Ren finds that the wrong person has heard about the dance.
Chuck knows, and he's not happy about it. He has a trio of his friends, including Rich, attempt to rough Ren up outside a convenience store.
And they call him a worse word than pansy. Those guys are not progressive. Luckily, Woody is there to break things up. It's Woody who delivers some bad news to Ren: There are seven people on the council, including Reverend Moore and Chuck's father Burlington Cranston.
This news is delivered in the school shower, where there is some gratuitous man flesh on display, the movie's only instance of nudity. Man butt and no boobs? I love this movie! If Ren is going to have to go through so much trouble to make a dance happen, Willard is going to have to learn to dance. This is my favorite part of the movie. The song is great, and it's just such a sweet "bromance" moment, I love it.
Actually, I find myself enjoying the Ren and Willard scenes more than the other scenes in Footloose. Bacon and Penn had great chemistry, I really buy them as close friends. They have some cool interactions, and this is definitely a great example. Ariel is confronted again, this time by Chuck, who's upset that she hasn't been seeing him lately. This argument, too, becomes physical. Chuck insults her, she punches him, he backhands her. She takes a metal pipe to his truck, so he knocks her around some more.
Then he leaves with one last putdown, informing her that he was "'Bout through with you anyway. She hit him first, and pretty hard, too. Seems to me like she had even more anger bottled up inside than what meets the eye. She goes way too far for some attention and she clearly isn't mature enough to be engaging in the type of relationship she had going with Chuck. She was lost, and during the car and the train stunts, it looks like she wasn't about to dodge at all. She's lucky to have Ren now, as he'd be someone who'd help put some sense into her, and change her rebellious ways by loving her and being there for her.
Ren is there for her as she recovers from the fight, and she wants to give him a gift for taking on her father. After making it clear that his fight is with Bomont and not Reverend Moore, and giving advice on how to deal with her father and the loss of her brother, he accepts the gift.
And then the two share their first kiss. This part shows that Ren had integrity.
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It would be very easy for him to blame everything on Ariel's father and just act out of anger - he'd even have her support - but he makes sure she knows which battle he's fighting, and that's pretty outstanding, especially for a teenager.
There are plenty of people around who definitely are not supportive of the dance issue, and in the build-up to the town council meeting they let their displeasure be known. Wes's business is suffering, Lulu has been getting angry phone calls, and Ren's mom gets fired from her job, her boss saying she needs to be home to watch her troublemaker kid.
Worse, someone throws a brick through Sarah and Amy's bedroom window with a message written on it: Later that night, Ren tells his mom what's really driving him to make the dance happen. It all goes back to his absentee father. His dad had threatened to leave them, and Ren felt like it was his fault. He tried to do the right things and to fix their home life, but his dad ended up leaving anyway. Nothing Ren had done had meant anything to him. This time he might really be able to make a difference.
The town council meeting is held. On behalf of most of the senior class of Bomont High School, Ren appeals to the council to abolish the law against public dancing within the town limits.
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Reverend Moore reiterates his viewpoint that a dance is just a gateway to liquor, drugs, and spiritual corruption. Some townspeople in the stands try to shut Ren down. Even his uncle speaks out against him like a total traitor douche.
His uncle was jealous of him. Not only because he was young and handsome, but because he was his own person, even at such young age. It was shown earlier that Vi Moore does not agree with her husband's decision to block the dance. She laughed at his idea that dances make teens sexually irresponsible, as if stopping the dance will stop teen hormones.
She told him that none of these restrictions will undo their son's accident and he can't be a father to the entire community. When she sees Ren being disrespected at the meeting, she speaks up for him, saying he has a right to be heard before the council votes on the issue.
Ren delivers a speech to the council, trying to get them to see that he's not "encouraging destruction" with this motion. He even uses quotes from a Bible provided to him by Ariel to back up the case for allowing dancing. In some movies, this speech would have been a triumphant moment, he would have gotten the opposition to see the error of their ways and the dance would be approved. That's not how it goes. Which is actually closer to what would happen in real life.
The filmmakers don't even show us the vote. It just cuts from Ren finishing his speech to him going about his job at the feed mill. Andy Beamis was at the meeting in support of his employee, and although the council still voted against the dance, Beamis has an idea for a way to get around the law. The feed mill is on the other side of the railroad tracks from the town of Bomont, and those tracks are the dividing line between the jurisdiction of Bomont and the next town over, Bayson.
They could dance there. To make sure the dance will go off without a hitch, Reverend Moore will still have to be convinced somehow that it won't lead to spiritual corruption. There's another heated confrontation between Ariel and her father. That fight is interrupted by word of overzealous actions being taken by a group led by Roger Gurntz, who has accused the Reverend of getting too lenient and letting corruption start to take root.
Actions which lead Moore to question who elected them to be the saviors of everybody's souls and how far down the slippery slope of censorship they're willing to go. He tells them Satan is not in the books they want to ban and burn, but in people's hearts. It's a scene we're not shown that really gets Reverend Moore to see how wrong he has been. Ren then proceeds to question Willard about his relationship with Rusty, to which Willard proclaims that he thinks she is very good-looking, but is confused by her non-stop talking.
Ariel is talking with her friends about how she wants to find a decent guy "Holding Out for a Hero". Chuck shows up in a fury and starts to yell at Ariel. Ren and Willard come to her defense, but it's Betty Blast, the restaurant owner, who breaks up the fight.
After Ren gets off work, Ariel takes him to her secret place beneath the train tracks where she discusses her hatred of Bomont. Unbeknownst to them, Chuck witnesses the pair together.
Afterwards, Ren walks her home, catching Moore and Vi by surprise, as they had believed that Ariel was at home in her room all the while.
On top of Shaw's displeasure at his daughter's disobedience, a nervous Ren unintentionally insults him in an attempt to ease his worries, making the situation more awkward and causing all of Shaw's friends who were over playing a game of bridge to dash off. An irritated Shaw then sternly orders Ariel to cease her visits with him, but Ariel retaliates, claiming that he is doing no more than make her feel like a prisoner.
After a fed up daughter and wife storm off in a rage, Shaw begins to feel a pang of guilt, pondering whether or not he is being fair with his daughter while considering the problematic task of being both a preacher and a father "Heaven Help Me".
At school the next day, Ren shows up late to gym class with Ariel and Willard and explains to the teacher that he was jumped by Chuck, but the teacher won't listen. Ren laments that the citizens of Bomont are so "wound up", muttering that at least in Chicago, he had the clubs to turn to in times of stress. After a quip by Willard suggesting that they "should take the coach dancing", Ren realizes that throwing a dance would be the perfect way to alleviate the teenagers' pressures, while at the same time making a statement to Moore and the town council.
Willard tells Ren that he is insane, but Ren won't listen and reveals his plan to all of the students, eventually winning them over. Rusty repeatedly attempts to dance with Willard, but he weasels his way out, dragging Ren off to the bar to get drinks. There, he explains to Ren that he doesn't know how to dance.
Rusty overhears them, as do several cowboys, who begin to mock Willard. Rusty comes to his defense, saying that he might not be perfect, but she loves him anyway "Let's Hear it for the Boy".
During Rusty's song, Ren tries to teach Willard to dance, who after much initial stumbling and apprehension whips off an amazing dance combination, much to Rusty's surprise. Chuck Cranston then shows up at the Moores' home. When he tells them that Ariel is not where they think she is, Vi and Shaw becomes very worried. You should hear how you sound. Yeah, I read that somewhere. Ren notices a cute girl. I was just curious.
Public dancing is against the law. Five seniors got killed coming home after a dance. Pretty soon, everybody started thinking dancing was a sin. A group of teenagers are hanging out behind an old drive-in movie theater. Dance music blasts out of the speakers. All the teens jump into the center to dance. Ren is freestyle dancing, and he is incredible. The new guy from Boston.
Ariel goes over and dances with Ren. They smile at each other. Shaw drives up and sees Ariel dancing with Ren. Ariel leaves with her dad. That was disgusting music and indecent dancing. Of course I did. But I treated her with respect. Do I have to go to prison? I was just dancing. Later, Shaw goes to see Wes at his auto shop. Look, when his mom got sick, it was Ren who took care of her. He cleaned the house, cooked the meals, went to school, kept a job, and dealt with her doctors until the day she died.
Ren and his new friends go dancing in another town. On the way back, Ren gets an idea.
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You mean overturn the ban on public dancing? We could organize our own senior-class dance. They drive back into Bomont. This bridge gives me the creeps. Rusty glances at Ariel. After a homecoming game, a bunch of kids were out dancing.
On their way home, they slammed head-on into a truck. It killed them all. One of them was my brother Bobby.