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How She Move [DVD] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Much like STOMP THE YARD and STEP UP, HOW SHE MOVE showcases the hypnotic choreography and mind-blowing talent that make step dancing such a popular part of youth culture. In her film debut, Rutina Wesley portrays Raya Green, a high school student hailing from the projects. Her intelligence and drive bring her to a prestigious private school, but she is forced back home after her sister's death from a drug addiction soaks up the last of Raya's tuition fund. With her parents working round the clock to make ends meet, Raya finds herself gravitating to her former friends from the neighborhood. She rekindles her passion for dancing, and gets involved with the local step dancing teams as they compete their way toward big money prizes. Realizing this is a second shot out of the projects, she gives dancing everything: all the intensity, fear, and pride she has welled up inside her.

    HOW SHE MOVE effectively deals with some sensitive issues--drugs, poverty, and death--through the perspective of urban kids on the brink of adulthood. Though it's easy to get caught up in the dancing and fierce competition, other heartfelt messages trickle through as well, including the importance of family, community and culture. With an impressive soundtrack and fantastic acting performances, HOW SHE MOVE will truly entertain as well as inspire.
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  • Credits
    Rutina Wesley, Brennan Gademans, Cle Bennett, Tre Armstrong, Kevin Duhaney, Shawn Desman, Dwain Murphy, Keyshia Cole, De Ray Davis, DeRay Davis
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]he film's strong acting, spectacular dance routines and culturally specific details turn clichs into catharsis. It's the sort of film that sends you home with a spring in your step."
    New York Times

    "[T]he moves -- more gymnastically hybrid than those in STOMP THE YARD -- are fierce, especially set to a pounding soundtrack by Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[I]t's the cinematography that really sets HOW SHE MOVE apart from the rest....Wesley marks her film debut with an energetic and reasonably nuanced performance..."
    Sight and Sound

    "[With] powerful dance sequences....Rutina Wesley as a brainy dance enthusiast brings a down-to-earth charisma..."
    USA Today

    "[T]he behavior in the film -- the affections and tensions between parents and children and between dance rivals -- feels urgent and convincing and alive."
    Los Angeles Times

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