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How She Move (2008)

How She Move

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

January 25, 2008

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Studio

Paramount Vantage

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Ian Iqbal Rashid

Producer

Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Brent Barclay

Screenwriter

Annmarie Morais

Starring

  • Rutina Wesley as Raya Green
  • Tracey Armstrong
  • Dwain Murphy
  • Cle Bennett
  • David Carmon
  • Shawn Fernandez
  • Nina Dobrev as Tall Girl in Bathroom
  • Jai Jai Jones

Story


"How She Move" is an energetic, gritty and ultimately inspiring coming of age tale about a gifted young woman who defies all the rules as she step dances her heart out to achieve her dreams. Featuring a fresh cast of new discoveries, this Sundance Film Festival hit marks the feature film debut of the electric Rutina Wesley, with street-style step sequences by top choreographer Hi Hat and special appearances by R&B singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole and comedian DeRay Davis.

Bursting with raw talent and intelligence, Raya Green (Wesley), the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, has always been the family's one great hope. She won the rare chance to break out of their drug and crime-infested neighborhood when she was accepted into the exclusive Seaton Academy. But when her sister dies of an overdose, the family is shattered and Raya is forced to return to the place she tried so hard to escape.

It's not easy to go back -- especially when one-time friends, including the tough minded Michelle (Tre Armstrong), see Raya as a stuck-up traitor who left the community behind. Feeling trapped and looking for a way out, Raya learns about a step competition with a $50,000 cash prize that could change her fate. Most of the crews that win the big money are all male, forcing Raya to fight her way in as the sole female member of the Jane Street Junta (JSJ), led by the reining champ of the local steppin' scene Bishop (Dwain Murphy). As sparks begin to fly between Raya and Bishop, a false move by Raya leaves her without a crew, and she finds herself in a battle between her loyalty, her determination, her family's ambitions and her heart. As the big contest approaches, she realizes it's no longer just about the money or the opportunity, but also the one thing that she's been missing in her life: a sense of self.

Paramount Vantage presents "How She Move," directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid ("Touch of Pink") from a screenplay by Annmarie Morais. The producers are Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny of Sienna Films and Brent Barclay. Driven by music, thefilm features tracks from Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Lil' Mama and Yummy Bingham. The score is composed by Andrew Lockington.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a solid addition to the dance genre's dance card..”
by Mack Bates [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
“..a coming-of-age tale that has a smoothly choreographed power to move and entertain..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..the high-energy dancing and fresh-faced, attractive cast help make "How She Move" more of a right step than wrong..”
by Kevin C. Johnson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]