How She Move (12A)

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Time Out says

Tue Apr 1 2008

The Canadians get in on the teen-dance drama act with this tale of a bereaved girl with a knack for street moves. Ostensibly more gritty and less sugary than the likes of ‘Step Up’ and ‘Stomp the Yard’, this still relies on heavy-handed dialogue to explain the motives of its thin characters.
Ace student Raya Green (Rutina Wesley) is grieving the death of her sister when she’s compelled to return to her local school and keep her mother company.

Most of her old friends greet the high-achiever with scorn, but Raya must win them over when she realises her ticket out of there is a place in a big-bucks dance contest. Only crews can apply, so Raya gets stepping with the local teams, which is, predictably, where the film gets more entertaining.

This genre is crying out for a film that can offer credible characters and comedy, as well as tip-top dance moves. But with its corny domestic melodramas, ‘How She Move’ is stolidly like its predecessors: fantastic on the ’floor, hokey in the home
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Apr 4, 2008

Duration:

91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ian Iqbal Rashid

Cast:

Rutina Wesley, Tré Armstrong, Dwain Murphy, Clé Bennett

Screenwriter:

Annmarie Morais

Music:

Andrew Lockington

Cinematography:

André Pienaar

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usman khawaja

magnificent moves to mesmerizing melodies ...but that is not all as this has a heart ,a soul and an eloquent script plus a mature natural,youthyul female talent who can act and step naturally-rutina wesley ,she is magnificent and the way she moves in the motor city of detroit aloft a yellow chevy would make ford proud of detroit hosting the best stepping competition in the universe . the social satire aside and the class cliches ignored ,this is an intelligent script ,rhthmically filmed by the talented iqbal rashid ,all kudos to him and his gifted young cast ,this works better then all the yankee movies so far this year ,it entertains and also engages your mind,and without creating a racial or cultural clash, it rises above the predicament of being black and deals with the everyday issues in ordinary ,middle class peoples lives ,yes it has its stereotypes but its outcomes are always rather pleasant then profane and it doesnt soak in self pity or self glory,rather maintains a natural pace and when the great finale arrives ,it leaves you satisfied despite being entirely predictable, yet it is a textbook example of a perfect melodrama and the best since sweeeney todd,though the 2 are miles apart in their themes but both are equally good . the lady was shown reading DAPHNE DU MAURIER,one of the very few definitive female writers in history and i am not surprised at the intuitive script as its roots are anchored in literacy . well its not profane -neither the essential swearing associated with these etnic movies ,but rather composed of natural speech and normal peer jealousies , the stepping is great and the umbrella dance and the car dance are unforgettable as is the HOT HOT HOT number , a sizzling hot entertaing sensation ,this is a must see,but i think the all black cast with its locales in toronto and detroit have made it a ethnic outcast though it is universal in its dramatic and dance appeal , it is art even if it is flawed and this is memorable art at that . rutina and tre look great and their catfight looked real as was their step fight ,what a damn good movie and treat yourself to this stepping classic ,forget the other dance movies as they will pale in comparison ,this is a dynamic move by iqbal rashid and rutina

usman khawaja

magnificent moves to mesmerizing melodies ...but that is not all as this has a heart ,a soul and an eloquent script plus a mature natural,youthyul female talent who can act and step naturally-rutina wesley ,she is magnificent and the way she moves in the motor city of detroit aloft a yellow chevy would make ford proud of detroit hosting the best stepping competition in the universe . the social satire aside and the class cliches ignored ,this is an intelligent script ,rhthmically filmed by the talented iqbal rashid ,all kudos to him and his gifted young cast ,this works better then all the yankee movies so far this year ,it entertains and also engages your mind,and without creating a racial or cultural clash, it rises above the predicament of being black and deals with the everyday issues in ordinary ,middle class peoples lives ,yes it has its stereotypes but its outcomes are always rather pleasant then profane and it doesnt soak in self pity or self glory,rather maintains a natural pace and when the great finale arrives ,it leaves you satisfied despite being entirely predictable, yet it is a textbook example of a perfect melodrama and the best since sweeeney todd,though the 2 are miles apart in their themes but both are equally good . the lady was shown reading DAPHNE DU MAURIER,one of the very few definitive female writers in history and i am not surprised at the intuitive script as its roots are anchored in literacy . well its not profane -neither the essential swearing associated with these etnic movies ,but rather composed of natural speech and normal peer jealousies , the stepping is great and the umbrella dance and the car dance are unforgettable as is the HOT HOT HOT number , a sizzling hot entertaing sensation ,this is a must see,but i think the all black cast with its locales in toronto and detroit have made it a ethnic outcast though it is universal in its dramatic and dance appeal , it is art even if it is flawed and this is memorable art at that . rutina and tre look great and their catfight looked real as was their step fight ,what a damn good movie and treat yourself to this stepping classic ,forget the other dance movies as they will pale in comparison ,this is a dynamic move by iqbal rashid and rutina