How She Move
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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.
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Overall, I love this movie - and after about 5 years, I definitely ordered the DVD.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on June 14, 2012 by NoPushover
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 morePublished on April 19, 2010 by Sara K. Taylor
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
How She Move is a very entertaing positive film that focuses on a very intelligent and lovely young black woman, Raya. Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by nina
It was so long ago that I watched the movie but home girl can dance!Published on May 9, 2009 by Eartha J. Cradle
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 morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Danniray99