As a tween and pre-teen in the 80s, my friends and I probably saw the flick Footloose five times in the theatre, in Ottawa, where we lived.
We became diehards. We could relate somewhat to the mean town council people who laid down bogus rules of behaviour for the fictional town-folk of Bomont, GA.
While our junior high years weren’t nearly as bad as the experiences of Ren McCormack and Ariel – we still were subject to various punitive ideals belonging to the girls’ school we went to for five years.
Hence my pride for being able to contribute to this People magazine story from my home in Calgary.