100 Days of Jules, Day 31: The One Problem With Footloose

Lucky for you, I’ve watched this movie enough times to see the one flaw in it.

Here is where I attempt to blog about Julianne Hough for 100 days straight. This was inspired by Allie Jones’ 500 blogs on Kristin Cavallari, a much funnier read.

If you have seen the 2011 remake of Footloose starring Julianne Hough one million times like I have, then you know it’s a perfect movie. There is dancing and attractive people and more dancing and Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough and there are no flaws.

Until further examination.

It must have been my 236th time seeing the movie that I realized there is one major flaw in this movie. And it’s that Ren (Kenny Wormald’s character, the main character) has given us no indication that he actually likes Ariel (Julianne Hough’s character, the bad girl/preacher’s daughter).

When two people “fall in love” during a movie, there is usually a scene or two or three that lets the audience know they are connecting and falling in love. In Footloose, that scene is where Ariel takes Ren to the yearbook hangout and tells him that she’s applied to colleges that her daddy doesn’t even know about. Then like an idiot, Ariel plays chicken with a train on a train track and Ren saves her by pushing her out of the way. This is the audience’s only indication that they have formed some kind of bond/connection.

But in actuality, there was no connection formed. If you watch, then you know Ren clearly thinks Ariel is a mess and sad and he won’t even kiss her after she flat out asks him to kiss her. And before that, he basically calls her a slut when he says that he’s sure she has her “own wicked ways” of cooling off and then says he believes she’s been kissed a lot.

And yes of course, he saved her from the train. Anyone with half a soul would push someone off a train track if a train was heading toward them. Ren wasn’t about to watch Ariel commit suicide????

After that, the two of them, plus Rusty and Willard, go line dancing and yes, Ren and Ariel dance together and it’s very hot, but they didn’t exactly talk during that???? On the way home, Ariel tells Ren that her brother died on the bridge they are crossing and Ren, WHO HAS A DEAD MOTHER, doesn’t even offer up a story about how he’s gone through grief recently, too.

THEN, THEN, after Ren goes up against the City Council to try and abolish the ban against public dancing, he heads to Ariel’s dad’s church and asks him if he can take Ariel to the dance. He tells the reverend that the dance means a lot to him, but Ariel “means more.”

WHY??????????? Y’ALL BOTH HAVE DEAD RELATIVES AND HAVEN’T EVEN TALKED ABOUT IT???????? Y’ALL HUNG OUT ONE TIME AND YOU SAVED HER LIFE BUT NOW YOU THINK SHE MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU????? LINE DANCING TOGETHER DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE READY TO GET MARRIED???????

Don’t even get me started on Ariel’s severe daddy issues. The girl gets beat up by her boyfriend then her dad and then she begs Ren to kiss her. And Ren kisses her! Because he clearly feels the need to save women, something he couldn’t do while his mother was dying from cancer! I HAVE A LOT TO SAY, I’M A THERAPIST!

has anyone even seen this movie or am i talking to no one, lmk thx, also no i have not seen the 80s version, don’t even ask

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