30+ Best Footloose Quotes From 1984 And 2011

Georgia Stone
Dec 12, 2023 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Feb 17, 2021
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The original 'Footloose' 1984 movie was so famous that it got remade in 2011.

In the '80s, 'Footloose' became the byword for rebellion. Both the original and the remake follow the story of a teenager who moves from a big city like Boston to a small conservative town in the southern United States.

Because of a past tragedy, rock music and dancing are banned in the town. In the first 'Footloose' movie, the teenager is played by Kevin Bacon, and he became an overnight superstar after the release of this movie.

'Footloose' is filled with witty one-liners and memorable scenes. The 'Footloose' movies were directed by Herbert Ross and Craig Brewer sequentially, and the other main characters in the original are played by Lori Singer, John Lithgow, and Chris Penn.

They play Ariel, Reverend Shaw Moore, and Willard Hewitt. The same characters are played by Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Miles Teller in the remake.

You will find many famous 'Footloose' quotes from both movies, and that is why we have compiled a list of the best 'Footloose' lines, including both famous 'Footloose' 1984 quotes and 'Footloose' speech quotes from the 2011 remake too. If you love dance, music, movies, and Kevin Bacon, then this is the perfect article for you!

For more funny dance quotes from movies and other dancing quotes from movies, feel free to check out these '80s movie quotes and 'Dirty Dancing' quotes too.

Quotes From 'Footloose' In 1984

If you have ever heard of 'Footloose', you will surely have heard of Kevin Bacon too! This musical dance drama became a runaway hit, and if you love to dance, you will surely love 'Footloose'.

This great dance movie has a very easy pace and is extremely fun to watch.

Kevin Bacon, as Ren from 'Footloose', is brilliant and is a very likable character. Even better, the dance in the movie does not appear forced and is very natural and organic.

This might be why the movie still remains the guilty pleasure of a lot of people who like to dance today.

'Footloose' Ren quotes are iconic and our list also includes the striking 'Footloose' Bible quote and a great 'Footloose' monologue. Funny 'Footloose' quotes have now reached cult status, so here are some of the best 'Footloose' movie quotes, including the best Kevin Bacon quotes about dance for you to discover.

1. "Ariel: Do you wanna kiss me?

Ren: Someday.

Ariel: What's this 'someday'?

Ren: Well, it's just I get the feeling you've been kissed a lot, and I'm afraid I'd suffer by comparison."

- 'Footloose', 1984.

2. "Ren: You like Men at Work?

Willard: What men?

Ren: Men at Work.

Willard: Well where do they work?

Ren: No, they’re a music group... What about the Police?

Willard: What about ’em?

Ren: You ever heard them?

Willard: No, but I seen them."

- 'Footloose', 1984.

3. “Even if this was not a law, I'm afraid I would have a lot of difficulty endorsing an enterprise as fraught with genuine peril as this one... the thing that distresses me even more, Ren, is the spiritual corruption involved."

- Reverend Shaw Moore, 'Footloose', 1984.

4. "Ren: What makes you think that I don't like you?

Ariel: You never talk to me at school. You never look at me!

Ren: Yeah, well maybe that's because if I did, your boyfriend would remove my lungs with a spoon."

- 'Footloose', 1984.

5. “What is wrong about getting a little psyched over Ren? He's cute! He's from out of town, and don't tell me that doesn't curl your toes, Ariel, I know you too well. You want out of here so bad you probably memorize bus schedules.”

– Rusty,  'Footloose', 1984.

6. "Ren: What are you doing here?

Ariel: Watching.

Ren: I thought I was alone.

Ariel: Not in this town. There are eyes everywhere."

- 'Footloose', 1984.

7. "These dances and this kind of music can be destructive. And, uh, Ren, I'm afraid you're going to find most of the people in our community are gonna agree with me on this.”

- Reverend Shaw Moore, 'Footloose', 1984.

8. "Willard: No, but I seen them.

Ren: Where, in concert?

Willard: No, behind you."

- 'Footloose', 1984.

9. "Mrs. Allyson: Slaughterhouse-Five, isn't that an awful name?

Ren: Yeah it's a great book... Slaughterhouse-Five, it's a classic."

- 'Footloose', 1984.

10. “Hey, hey! What's this I see? I thought this was a party. Let's dance!”

– Ren,  'Footloose', 1984.

11. “Hey, I like that hat, man. They sell men's clothes where you got that?”

- Ren,  'Footloose', 1984.

12. "Willard: You won't get any dancing here, it's illegal.

Ren: Jump back!"

- 'Footloose', 1984.

13. “I'm standing up here before you today with a very troubled heart. You see, my friends, I've always insisted on taking responsibility for your lives. But, I'm really like a first-time parent who makes mistakes and tries to learn from them."

- Reverend Shaw Moore,  'Footloose', 1984.

14. "Aren't we told in Psalm 149 'Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song. Let them praise His name in the dance'?"

-Ren, 'Footloose', 1984.

15. "Mrs. Allyson: Maybe in another town, it's a classic.

Ren: In any town.

Mr. Gurntz: Tom Sawyer is a classic!"

- 'Footloose', 1984.

16. "And like that parent, I find myself at that moment when I have to decide. Do I hold on or do I trust you to yourselves?”

- Reverend Shaw Moore,  'Footloose', 1984.

17. "And it was King David - King David, who we read about in Samuel - and what did David do? What did David do? David danced before the Lord with all his might. Leaping and dancing before the Lord.”

-Ren, 'Footloose', 1984.

18. "From the oldest of times, people danced for a number of reasons. They danced in prayer or so that their crops would be plentiful or so their hunt would be good. And they danced to stay physically fit and show their community spirit."

-Ren, 'Footloose', 1984.

'Footloose' 2011 Quotes

This 'Footloose' movie is a direct remake of the original dance movie. It follows the same story but manages to stand out on its own, even in its dance style. This 'Footloose' movie consists of almost the same dialogues as the original but still appears fresh.

It is basically the same movie made with modern technology and instruments, and the dance looks fresh. Here are some memorable dialogues from this edition of 'Footloose'. What's your favorite 'Footloose' movie quote?

19. "The wheels on the bus go boom, boom, boom!"

– Willard, 'Footloose', 2011.

20. "Rev. Shaw Moore: Talk in a civil tongue!

Ariel Moore: What? Isn't this my church? Isn't it? Isn't this where we're supposed to talk about our problems? It's been three damn years, so why don't we start talking?"

- 'Footloose', 2011.

21. “And I'm on fire.”

- Ren McCormack, 'Footloose', 2011.

22. "Well, whether you like it or not, young lady, you are my child!"

– Reverend Shaw Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

23. "Bobby spent his whole life trying to make you proud. He made good grades, he went to church every Sunday and God help him because he made one mistake. Now nobody remembers the good things about Bobby, all they remember is that damn accident!"

- Ariel Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

24. “And one day, they will no longer be in our embrace and in our care. They will belong to the world. A world filled with evil, and temptation, and danger."

– Reverend Shaw Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

25. "I have been so lost! I've been losing my mind! And you don't see it! You don't even care!"

– Ariel Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

26. “Of course I care. Of course, we care. We don't expect you to understand everything we do that's intended to keep you safe.”

– Reverend Shaw Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

27. "Why don't we have a school dance? It's because of Bobby! Why do we have this stupid curfew? Because of Bobby! Bobby is to blame for all this!"

- Ariel Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

28. "And now that you've seen me in it, what's the verdict?"

- Willard, 'Footloose', 2011.

29. "That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me."

– Willard, 'Footloose', 2011.

30. "Stop it! I hate it when you treat me like I'm a child!"

– Ariel Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

31. "But until that day, they are ours to protect. That is the lesson to be taken from this tragedy. That is our test. We cannot be missing from our children's lives."

– Reverend Shaw Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

32. "Now, when you said you were gonna wear a cowboy hat, I didn't know how I'd feel about it".

– Rusty, 'Footloose', 2011.

33. "What was all that?"

– Ariel Moore, 'Footloose', 2011.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy!

If you liked our suggestions for the best 'Footloose' quotes from 1984 and 2011, then why not take a look at these great 'You've Got Mail quotes or 'Grease' quotes for more great quotes for high school rom-com fans, no matter what kind of music you like best?

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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