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How She Move (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 January 2008 (USA)
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Following her sister's death from drug addiction, a high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of step dancing.

Director:

Ian Iqbal Rashid

Writer:

Annmarie Morais
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tre Armstrong ... Michelle (as Tré Armstrong)
Boyd Banks ... Mike Evans
Clé Bennett ... Garvey
Ardon Bess Ardon Bess ... Uncle Cecil
Conrad Coates ... David Green
Keyshia Cole ... Herself
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Seaton Teacher
DeRay Davis ... Himself
Shawn Fernandez ... Trey (as Shawn Desman)
Nina Dobrev ... Tall Girl in Bathroom
Kevin Duhaney Kevin Duhaney ... E.C.
Brennan Gademans ... Quake
Ingrid Gaynor Ingrid Gaynor ... Pam Green
Balford Gordon ... Neighbourhood Guy
Patrick Haye ... Customer
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Storyline

Unable to afford the tuition needed to fund her private school education, Rayanna or Raya (Rutina Wesley) returns to her family home in the city while reluctantly re-evaluating her future. Upon learning that the top prize for an upcoming step-dancing competition is $50,000, Raya uses her impressive moves to earn a coveted slot in her good friend Bishop's (Dwain Murphy) predominantly male JSJ crew. Isolated from the local females due to jealousy and separated from her fellow dancers by gender, the ambitious dancer is subsequently kicked-off the team for showing off during a preliminary competition. Now, if Raya has any hope of realizing her medical school dreams, she will have to either earn back Bishop's trust or organize her own dance crew and start over from scratch. In the end, she eventually learns "how she move". Written by jck movies

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Set your dreams in motion.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug content, suggestive material and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como Ela Dança See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,957,471, 27 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,070,459, 23 March 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie originally had a scene set at the Canadian/U.S. border where the Canadian protagonists cross the border in order to get to the climatic dance contest in Detroit. However, this scene was cut out after a test screening because it confused many people in the test audience who had assumed up to that point that the movie was about American characters doing their thing in the United States. See more »

Goofs

In the final dance scene, the windows in the car disappear and reappear during shots. See more »

Quotes

Raya Green: It's funny, isn't it? How one moment can change a million after it.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ellen Page/Wilco (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Touch It
Performed by Busta Rhymes
Written by Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo (as Guy Christo), Swizz Beatz (as Kasseem Dean) and Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith)
Published by Zomba Songs (BMI) and Tziah Music/Universal Tunes, A.D.O., Songs of Universal Inc.,
on behalf of itself and Monza Ronza NZA (SESAC)
Courtesy of Aftermath / Universal Records, under license from Universal Music Canada Inc.
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Shockingly underrated on IMDb
2 November 2009 | by rgcustomerSee all my reviews

This film is shockingly underrated on IMDb. Like so many films, this isn't Shawshank. But it's a reasonably good, if predictable, dance competition / personal growth film. If you want to spend an hour and a half watching a sort of 8 Mile for a female step dancer, than I think you'll like it.

Judging from the IMDb ratings, my guess is that this movie was approaching the top 250, and was "vote bombed" with many 1s, as happens to so many films that aren't about the mob, don't have special effects, or include non-white or non-straight characters.

It's an American film, but it's not a US film. Set mostly in Toronto the cues are subtle, and some audiences may think it's set entirely in the US just because the final competition is in the border city of Detroit.

I liked the music. I liked the dance (but not convinced it's worth $50,000 ... but what do I know). The characters were easy on the eyes.

I do agree the title sucks. I don't remember anyone in the film saying those words, and it should have an "s". (No, it's not a foreign language).

There's not a lot to hate about this film (and let's be honest, a vote of 1 means you hated it) so I can only assume that it's an expression of hate for the kind of people in it, and that's sad.


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