When Ren McCormack and his mom pulled into Bomont (Utah, we presume), in February of 1984, little did we know that us 80s kids were experiencing what wold become of the seminal movies of our generation… but that’s just what Footloose became.
Kids all across the ol’ U.S. of A. had a new hero, and he made us want to kick off our Sunday shoes and dance our ass off.
Sure, Bomont was about as backwater and backwards as they came (a ban on dancing and loud music? Seriously?), but even Reverend Moore eventually came around to see the error of his ways. (Though one might say he almost had to… I mean, have you seen his daughter?)
Kevin Bacon gave us our very own Saturday Night Fever, complete with one heck of a killer soundtrack. Kenny Loggins, Bonnie Tyler, Deniece Williams, and, yes, Mike Reno and Ann Wilson’s uber-syrupy ballad “Almost Paradise”… all combined to make the winter of 1984 a little more bearable.
Footloose finished 1984 as the #7 film of the year, bringing in more than $80 million. And it was so good and so successful that it’s now in theaters again. No, we’re not talkin’ Kevin Bacon here, it’s a remake. But “…the spirit is the same, and the feel-good story of one kid’s crusade to just dance and have a little fun holds up surprisingly well.”
Of course it does– it would take a lot to mess up one of the best movies of our favorite decade.
We ♥ Footloose.