by Jacki Mick
You can catch Footloose, the ultimate tale of teen repression, for free (in an unrepressed environment) tomorrow at the Enzian as part of their Wednesday Night Pitcher Show series.
The movie, which turns 30 years old this year, the film tells the story of Ren McCormack, a big city boy played by Kevin Bacon who moves to a small midwestern town, where, much to his surprise, dancing and rock music have been banned. As was standard for 1980's teen movies, Ren meets a girl and falls in love, but there are problems. She's already got a boyfriend (who's the super-jealous type) and the girl's father is the town reverend (played by John Lithgow), who happens to be the one behind the dance-free zone. We won't tell you the whole story, but there's a huge, awesome dance number by the repressed teens and lots of pulpit preachin' by John Lithgow.
And really, if you haven't seen it already, you should probably be waiting on the Enzian lawn RIGHT NOW to be sure you get a good seat tomorrow. Plus, if you get there early enough, you'll get to play some Jell-O shot movie trivia.
The movie's so popular it spawned both a 2011 remake and an 1998 Broadway musical ... and a ridiculously killer soundtrack. None of 'em (save for maybe the soundtrack. It is pure 80's gloriousness) live up the the original, though.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20
Where: Eden Bar at the Enzian, 1300 S. Orlando Ave.
Here's the preview from the flick to get your giddiness started: