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Rated PG-13 · 113 minutes · 2011

Drama, Musical
In this remake of the 1984 teenpic, a brooding city kid (Kenny Wormald) moves to a conservative village where dancing's been outlawed. The movie plays like a slightly degraded version of the original: the dialogue is a little lamer, the acting a little poorer. As the small-town pastor who antagonizes the hero, Dennis Quaid is no match for John Lithgow, who nicely telegraphed the anguish over a family tragedy that inspired to the preacher's intransigence; here, Quaid acts like a dick, until he doesn’t. The supporting actors—Miles Teller as Wormald's baby-faced sidekick, Ray McKinnon as his adoptive father—are better. And the final dance sequence is as much fun as the one 25 years earlier. With a couple of old favorites preserved, the music has been updated for modern tastes: this time, when the kid blows into his high school parking lot, the soundtrack features Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow." With Julianne Hough.
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Director: Craig Brewer
Producer: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Dylan Sellers, Brad Weston, Timothy M. Bourne, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman
Cast: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell, Miles Teller, Patrick Flueger, Ziah Colon and Ray McKinnon

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