I miss corny dance movies from when I was a pre-teen. In fact, I miss teen movies from when I was a teenager because I am 100% convinced that they were better than the crap they’ve been coming up with lately. Footloose, while mildly entertaining, did not make much of an impact.
I’ve read some criticism about it mimicking the Kevin Bacon original too closely. Honestly, I don’t remember that one very well either, but I could see how trying to keep it the same would, in essence, hold it back. What jived in 1984 isn’t necessarily going to translate for audiences now. I wouldn’t have minded some updating.