|Riffed by||RiffTrax Presents|
|Riffers||Cole Stratton, Janet Varney|
|Date Released||November 5, 2009|
Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow), dancing and rock music have been banned. The film is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma. RiffTrax Presents released their riff in November 2009.
Plot Synopsis & Original TrailerEdit
Ren McCormack, a teenager raised in Chicago, moves with his mother to the small town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle. Soon after arriving, Ren makes a friend named Willard, and from him learns the city council has banned dancing and rock music. He soon begins to fall for a rebellious girl named Ariel, who has a boyfriend, Chuck Cranston, and a domineering father, Reverend Shaw Moore, an authority figure in the town.
After trading insults with Ariel's boyfriend, Ren is challenged to a game of chicken involving tractors, and despite having never driven one before, he wins. Rev. Moore mistrusts Ren, grounding Ariel and forbidding her to see him. Ren and his classmates want to do away with the no dancing law and have a senior prom.
Ren goes before the city council and reads several Bible verses to cite scriptural support for the worth of dancing to rejoice, exercise, or celebrate. Although Rev. Moore is moved, the council votes against him. Moore's wife is supportive of the movement, and explains to Moore he cannot be everyone's father, and that he is hardly being a father to Ariel. She also says that dancing and music are not the problem. Moore soon has a change of heart after seeing some of the townsfolk burning books that they think are dangerous to the youth. Realizing the situation has gotten out of hand, Moore stops the burning.
On Sunday, Rev. Moore asks his congregation to pray for the high school students putting on the prom, which is set up at a grain mill outside of the town limits. Moore and Vi are seen outside, dancing for the first time in years.
Cast and CrewEdit
- Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack
- Lori Singer as Ariel Moore
- Dianne Wiest as Vi Moore
- John Lithgow as Reverend Shaw Moore
- Christopher Penn as Willard Hewitt
- Sarah Jessica Parker as Rusty
- Frances Lee McCain as Ethel McCormack
- Jim Youngs as Chuck Cranston
- John Laughlin as Woody
- Lynne Marta as Lulu Warnicker
- Douglas Dirkson as Berlington Cranston