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How She Move (2008)

Rutina Wesley , Tre Armstrong , Ian Iqbal Rashid  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rutina Wesley, Tre Armstrong, Brennan Gademans, Boyd Banks, Clé Bennett
  • Directors: Ian Iqbal Rashid
  • Writers: Annmarie Morais
  • Producers: Brent Barclay, Claire Prieto, Claire Welland, Colin Brunton, Jennifer Kawaja
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014Z4ORA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How She Move" on IMDb

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  • The Characters of How She Move
  • How She Move: From Rehearsal to Film
  • How She Move: Telling Her Story
  • Theatrical Trailer # 1

Editorial Reviews

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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'How She Move' Starring 'Monster Stomp' May 5, 2008
Format:DVD
`How She Move' takes many plot steps we've seen before. Reminiscent of some of the dramatic moves taken in films like `Take the Lead,' and `Akeelah and the Bee,' the movie makes quite an impression when the characters are on stage ready to dance.

A second generation Jamaican, Rayanne (Raya) Green (Rutina Wesley) is a child prodigy, ready to go to prestigious colleges after an education at a private high school. The only thing keeping her from the best prospects are her family's finances. She has to drop out and enroll at a public school, where she is now an outsider to her former friend, Michelle (Tre' Armstrong), and her peer group. All the while she and her family are grieving over the loss of her elder sister, Pam, and all the fallout of her deadly drug use.

Trying to keep her head up, Raya is well-rounded. While she is an ace at academics, she is also sharp on the auto shop floor where all her friends gather to stomp out the latest moves. More interested in her romantically, Bishop (Dwain Murphy), who has known her since fifth grade, makes advances, but shuns the prospect of having her in his stomp "crew". Potentially, she must do the balancing act of many talented teenagers: She has to study for her exams, practice her dance moves with the boys, and come up with a way to pay for her tuition. Added to that is the reluctant misery she faces by becoming Michelle's tutor to avoid suspension after a physical fight.

`How She Move' is an enjoyable film experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland beyond belief May 14, 2008
Format:DVD
The urban-dance drama, "How She Moves," springs to life only when its high-energy, talented cast members are kicking up their heels and strutting their stuff for the camera. Otherwise, this stale strive-suffer-and-succeed story is low on energy, low on originality, and low on anything that might make the movie stand out from the dozens of other likeminded films that have come before it.

Rutina Wesley has modest appeal as the academically gifted inner-city youngster who finds that the best way for her to raise her private school tuition money is by entering step-dance competitions, but both she and her fellow actors are poorly served by uninspired screenwriting and undistinguished direction. As noted earlier, the movie achieves some spark when the performers are up on stage dancing, but such moments are far too few and sadly fleeting.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars She Move Good, She Act Bad June 22, 2008
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When the plot for a movie is basically created by combining Breakin 2 and Honey, there is a near guarantee that it's going to open up a cinema black hole. If not for the superb dancing in this movie, the entire project would be nearly without anything substantial or worthwhile.

Rayanna Green (Rutina Wesley) is not only a good student, but she's also a great dancer who has to earn the respect of the boys in the dance crew. Somehow this group manages to get tons of school time, and the auto-shop facilities to practice their moves, while fulfilling and/or overcoming every cliché in cinema history. Among those clichés is obviously the big dance-off ending with corny DJs, and I can guarantee you can guess the winner. This movie is so unoriginal, I think the makers of Stomp the Yard, Step Up, and Save the Last Dance should look into legal proceedings.

I remember seeing the preview of this movie, thinking it was a bland remake, and writing it off. But when it ended and I saw that the title was "How She Move", I immediately became irritated with the insidious way in which ebonics have crept into acceptability. If anything, the movie should have been titled "Oh No She Di'int" because of the audacity needed to title a movie with such egregious grammar. The dancers and choreography may be nimble, but the acting and plot serve as the two left feet of the drunk uncle who shows up at every family wedding, and ruins whatever positive vibe there may have been amongst those who are having fun and dancing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She Dances May 9, 2009
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It was so long ago that I watched the movie but home girl can dance!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Despite all the bad reviews... May 30, 2014
By Sammiie
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I liked this movie! I've watched it many times, and honestly, I'm in love with it. Yes, the story line is kind of unrealistic in some ways - but I thought it was interesting to see how everything unfurled - especially if you paid attention to the parts of the story that weren't directly mentioned in the movie. I liked all the dance moves, of course, too and I liked how she was a quiet private school girl who eventually made her way to the top, earning the prize and some friends. Yes, yes it's predictive to see that they won at the end - but what if they hadn't? You would have been amped up on the edge of your seat, only for them to drop the loser ball and have you feeling like crap afterwards. Then you would have been wondering what would happen to her afterwards, given that she didn't win the money to go to med school, etc. Then they would have had to make a sequel.

Overall, I love this movie - and after about 5 years, I definitely ordered the DVD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Move Outta Here!
Memo to Hollywood - this train has done gone through the station...several times. Apparently, there's still an audience for interesting dancing wrapped around predictable,... Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by NoPushover
3.0 out of 5 stars Is Aight
I bought the movie and i still have only watched it all the way through once , I try but , i get bored usually after her male beau in movie puts hisself on the line to get her on... Read more
Published on April 19, 2010 by Sara K. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice try
Even though it follows in the trends of other dance movies, i felt that it was inexpensively made without any well known actors. A foreign version of Step Up.
Published on December 28, 2009 by Alana S. Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Refreshing, Wholesome, Entertaining and Positive
How She Move is a very entertaing positive film that focuses on a very intelligent and lovely young black woman, Raya. Read more
Published on August 15, 2009 by nina
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic but still entertaining. . . .
Like "Flashdance," "Footloose," "Billy Elliot" and any number of dance movies, "How She Move" is the story of a big dreamer who finds release in dance. Read more
Published on June 29, 2008 by Danniray99
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Hype as I thought
The movie was good overall but the story line was a little whack. It kind of kept going back and forth with her betraying this person then helping that person yadyadyada. Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Adam T. Rice
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