Ren's angry dance
How it played in both versions: Same clothes and same flashback sequence, only in the new version Ren’s dance is a little bit Country and a little bit Rock & Roll compared to Kevin Bacon’s jazzercise video.
How it played in both versions: Kenny Wormald is a little harder for rebel-child Ariel to win over but the end result is the same: Her bible helps give him the edge he needs and the crazy kids dance the night away.
Ren and Willard hatch their plan at the carwash
How it played in both versions: New Willard (Miles Teller) has an awe-shucks air that makes his banter with Ren more endearing, but also makes his recurring fisticuffs less plausible. This scene goes just about line for line with the original and 27 years later Willard is still waiting for that wet T-shirt contest.
How it played in both versions: There’s considerably more line-dancing in the new version — turns out there?s more than just the Boot Skootin’ Boogie. Who knew? The differences end there though; sparks fly between Ren and Ariel and a sulking Willard gets punched in the face.
Ren's new family
How it played in both versions: In the remake, Ren is a newly-orphaned Bostonian taken in by a loving Uncle Wes (Ray McKinnon). While everyone else in town sees Ren as a big-city troublemaker, Wes is in his corner from the opening credits. Ren had a slightly more tense relationship with the uncle in the original.
Lord of the dance
How it played in both versions: Ren still enlists the help of neighborhood girls (this time with their Barbie stereo) to teach his right-hand man how to shake it like a Polaroid. The new version is more hip hop than two-step and in a wise move, Willard is no longer tethered to Ren?s hip via earphone.
Occupy Main Street
How it played in both versions: In his sparring match against the town council, the same ”dance your ass off” T-shirts are worn and the same biblical verses are referenced. Bacon had more passion, slamming his hands down and storming out after his speech, but Wormald is more collected, flashing his Cheshire grin and tip-toeing around the podium.
A night at the prom
How it played in both versions: Old and new, the senior class gets the venue ready for the big night in a sappy barn raising montage and then awkwardly sits along the walls — oh, teenage apprehension. Bonus points to the reboot for having the captain of the football team call a huddle to motivate his shy guys.
Let's hear it for the boys
How it played in both versions: The last 20 minutes of Footloose 2.0 is essentially a clone of the original. Ren and Willard dispense with a few goons outside and kick off their Sunday shoes with a bromantic number on the dance floor.