How She Move (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  25 January 2008 (USA)
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Following her sister's death from drug addiction, a high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of step dancing.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle (as Tré Armstrong)
Ardon Bess ...
David Green
Eve Crawford ...
Seaton Teacher
Trey (as Shawn Desman)
Tall Girl in Bathroom
Ingrid Gaynor ...
Pam Green
Neighbourhood Guy
Patrick Hayes ...


Unable to afford the tuition needed to fund her private school education, Rayanna or Raya (Rutina Wesley) returns to her family home in the city while reluctantly re-evaluating her future. Upon learning that the top prize for an upcoming step-dancing competition is $50,000, Raya uses her impressive moves to earn a coveted slot in her good friend Bishop's (Dwain Murphy) predominantly male JSJ crew. Isolated from the local females due to jealousy and separated from her fellow dancers by gender, the ambitious dancer is subsequently kicked-off the team for showing off during a preliminary competition. Now, if Raya has any hope of realizing her medical school dreams, she will have to either earn back Bishop's trust or organize her own dance crew and start over from scratch. In the end, she eventually learns "how she move". Written by jck movies

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Set your dreams in motion.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug content, suggestive material and language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como Ela Dança  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,957,471 (USA) (25 January 2008)


$7,070,459 (USA) (21 March 2008)

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The movie originally had a scene set at the Canadian/U.S. border where the Canadian protagonists cross the border in order to get to the climatic dance contest in Detroit. However, this scene was cut out after a test screening because it confused many people in the test audience who had assumed up to that point that the movie was about American characters doing their thing in the United States. See more »


The math teacher asks two students to solve a quadratic equation using the quadratic form. However the equation, x^2-4x+6=0 has no real solutions. Unless the class is studying complex numbers, the question is impossible. See more »


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Shockingly underrated on IMDb
2 November 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is shockingly underrated on IMDb. Like so many films, this isn't Shawshank. But it's a reasonably good, if predictable, dance competition / personal growth film. If you want to spend an hour and a half watching a sort of 8 Mile for a female step dancer, than I think you'll like it.

Judging from the IMDb ratings, my guess is that this movie was approaching the top 250, and was "vote bombed" with many 1s, as happens to so many films that aren't about the mob, don't have special effects, or include non-white or non-straight characters.

It's an American film, but it's not a US film. Set mostly in Toronto the cues are subtle, and some audiences may think it's set entirely in the US just because the final competition is in the border city of Detroit.

I liked the music. I liked the dance (but not convinced it's worth $50,000 ... but what do I know). The characters were easy on the eyes.

I do agree the title sucks. I don't remember anyone in the film saying those words, and it should have an "s". (No, it's not a foreign language).

There's not a lot to hate about this film (and let's be honest, a vote of 1 means you hated it) so I can only assume that it's an expression of hate for the kind of people in it, and that's sad.

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