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The Way to Dance (2009)

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When Kate meets Danny in an Internet chat-room it looks like it could be the start of a beautiful friendship. But when Kate accidentally leaves her web-cam on, Danny can't help spying on ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Hannah Polland ...
Kate Williams
Samuel Johnathan ...
Matthew Wilkins ...
John Williams
Paul Harris ...
Daz
Simon Brigwater ...
The Dance Teacher
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Nick Barrett ...
Baldy
Jenny Box ...
Crystal
Michelle Hoar ...
Chantelle
Cameron David Lisney ...
Jack
Ben Silver ...
Slim
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When Kate meets Danny in an Internet chat-room it looks like it could be the start of a beautiful friendship. But when Kate accidentally leaves her web-cam on, Danny can't help spying on her dancing alone in her room. Convinced that Kate has what it takes to be a success Danny makes it his personal mission to get Kate back on the stage. However as their friendship grows, Kate begins to suspect that Danny is not everything he claims to be. Why did Kate give up dancing in public and what is Danny's reason for being so convinced in Kate's ability? Will they find the courage to be honest with each-other and themselves in this heart-warming coming of age story. Written by This Can Motion Pictures

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Losing something is the first step to finding it...

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8 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Finding Their Feet  »

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Hannah Polland became pregnant during filming do a double came in to do most of the dancing scenes See more »

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Danny Jones: All your tellies are fine... You should be very proud of yourself!
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Finding Their Feet - Naomi Govier & The Unstoppable Ticking Sound
Heart and Hands - Sarah Evans-Southall & The Unstoppable Ticking Sound
Alone - Sarah Evans-Southall & The Unstoppable Ticking Sound
Still Waiting - Naomi Govier & The Unstoppable Ticking Sound
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On paper this is Billy Elliot meets Ken Loach . In practice this feels like a Year 9 talent show crossed with Eastenders.
30 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I am not quite sure what film the other reviewers have seen but I am guessing they are all friends and family....

From the start to the finish, this lackluster film cannot help but shove cliché after cliché into the patronized audiences, inevitably by the end, sleepy faces.

The premise, whilst being nothing new, is definitely not terrible. It would be wrong to suggest a typical underdog story has no potential. Afterall, 2009s Slumdog Millionaire proved that underdog stories still have so much to offer an audience. However, like all good underdog stories, Slumdog had heart which Finding Their Feet does not.

Through out the film it feels like writer/director Matt Daniels dipped into a hat to pluck out the most dull subplots and generic character types. The protagonist who has to find himself....the mentor figure in the form of a melodramatic dance teacher...the family member who doesn't believe in his relative and has a constant "I am going to hurt you" look on his face. Let us not forget the generic villain. One may wonder how Matt Daniels manages to add a villain to such a heartwarming concept as trying to win a dance competition. Never fear though, the protagonist (who is aged around 14 Years old) is being chased by thugs that he owes money. Simple!

Throw in some flashbacks, and generic indie music montages, and you have the perfect GCSE students guide on how to make your first movie. Sure, Mum and Dad would be proud of such an accomplishment, but it is hard to see who else would warm to such a fake attempt at pulling the heart strings.

Still, this is film, so at least the cinematography and choreography is nice...right? Shockingly under-lit sets, and cinematography that makes Coronation Street look like Avatar, add to the over all feeling of unintentional grunge; and not the positive "I must rise up out of this grunge" kind either. An overly long running time and flat acting serve to hammer in the last nail.

All in all, Finding Their Feet feels like Billy Elliot had a horrific accident and collided with every dance movie to be released since 2000.

I suggest Matt Daniels writes from the heart next time...and not from what he THINKS will sell....

3/10


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