Plot: A city boy (Wormald) comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.
Cast: Kenny Wormald (Center Stage: Turn It Up), Julianne Hough (Burlesque and "Dancing with the Stars"), Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Zia Colon (Road Trip: Beer Pong), Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole)
Verdict: There's tremendous pressure for this remake to live up to the original 1984 teen romance starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. Will the film's heartthrob, Wormald, be just as dreamy and skilled at dancing? Will the leading lady, Hough, be just as hot? Will the best friend, Teller, be just as rhythmically challenged? And, most importantly, is a dance-banning town even a believable plot line in the year 2011?
After watching the trailer, I've determined that while Wormald and Hough are talented and attractive—resembling a young Patrick Swayze and Goldie Hawn, but acting like Ricky from "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and Christina Aguilera—the plot is just too ridiculous to accept. The first time, it was considered different, and therefore interesting. Retreading the same ground is just pointless. Unless you're a Hough fan, there really is no incentive to watch this movie. Not even because they've added a few Step Up-like urban moves to the choreography. It honestly just looks like something that should've went straight-to-DVD, like Save the Last Dance 2.
They could've simply modernized the film by making it so that there was a ban on parties in general, which would've included a ban on dancing. Then the entire film could've been a mission of the town's kids to throw a secret big dance, getting foiled by the minister, and then succeeding in the end. Yes Hollywood, I just did that in 30 seconds.
Release Date: October 14