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Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer takes the helm for this remake of the popular 1984 musical romance about a big-city teen who moves to a town that has outlawed dancing. Uprooted from Boston and reluctantly transplanted to the small Bible Belt town of Bomont, Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) finds himself in a repressed community still reeling from a devastating loss. Shortly before he arrived in Bomont, five local teens perished in a tragic car accident following a local dance. As a result, the upstanding Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) and the local councilmen passed a strict ordinance outlawing both dancing and excessively loud music. Convinced that the new law is hopelessly misguided, rebellious Ren puts on his dancing shoes and wins the heart of Reverend Moore's distraught daughter, Ariel (Julianne Hough), while showing his fellow classmates that it's perfectly normal to blow off a little steam with some loud music and good friends. (source NineMSN)

This re-make has been hot on everyone's lips and particularly those who are loyal fans of the original movie and it's massive cult following. Personally I have not seen the original movie or the musical so I went into this with an open and clear mind with low expectations. I am happy to report that not only is this movie engaging in every single way, it carries a beautiful message with enormous heart that will draw you in with it's colourful and diverse characters that intertwine with an almost flawless script and story. 

The most noticeable thing about this movie is the acting, or lack thereof. Each character particularly those of Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald), Willard (Miles Teller) who do not overact the roles but are completely believable as small town teenagers. It helps that this movie isn't littered with the usual teen TV soap stars who can never seem to transition to big screen without making it seen authentic. The support of Ariel (Julieanne Hough) also add to this small town feeling which helps paint the picture of a small town and the effect of it's constraints. 

Musically I am told the songs in this version are the same as the original with a few new songs blended in to keep it relevant. This added a Step Up type effect to the movie that managed to seamlessly blend all of these genres together flawlessly. 

Director Craig Brewer showed that not all remakes are bad and some can be interpreted for a new audience while still staying true and respectful of the original. This movie is definitely one to catch at the movies. 


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