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Make It Happen (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 8 August 2008 (UK)
Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery.

Director:

Darren Grant

Writers:

Duane Adler (screenplay), Nicole Avril (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lauryn
Tessa Thompson ... Dana
Riley Smith ... Russ
John Reardon ... Joel
Julissa Bermudez ... Carmen
Ashley Roberts ... Brooke
Karen LeBlanc ... Brenda
Matt Kippen Matt Kippen ... Wayne
Erik Fjeldsted Erik Fjeldsted ... Marty - Mechanic
Aaron Merke ... Clay - Mechanic
Leigh Enns ... Flirtatious Customer
Christina Grace Christina Grace ... Female Dancer - Auditions (as Christina Grace SY)
Debbie Patterson Debbie Patterson ... Audition Receptionist
Sofia Costantini Sofia Costantini ... Choreographer's Assistant
Jeremy Koz Jeremy Koz ... Cool Looking Guy
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Storyline

Lauryn is a girl from Indiana who wants to be a dancer. So she tries to audition for a dance school in Chicago, when she fails to impress them. They tell her to come back for the second audition which will be in a few weeks and to also try to do something different. But in the meantime, after her car gets towed and not wanting to return to Indiana; to her brother, who doesn't exactly support her, she gets a job at a burlesque club. And while there she discovers a different kind of dance. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hear The Music. Feel The Beat.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Bille Woodruff Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,812,310
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mayhem Project See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The umbrella dance was originally planned with water dropping down like rain, with the girls dancing in water, splashing it around with their dance moves. However, the idea was scraped due to the fact that it would be too easy for the girls to fall while shooting the scene. See more »

Goofs

In the scene were Lauren dances onstage at Ruby's for the first time, as she goes into her starting pose, she realizes that she is too fair to the left (viewer's left, her right) of the stage and adjusts herself so her silhouette (outline) is right in the middle of the sliding stage door (at the line where the doors meet). However, in the very next shot her silhouette is now to the right (viewer's right) of the middle/door split. See more »

Quotes

Carmen: Maybe he was upset cos you were so bad.
Brooke: Ease off Carmen, she was killing it.
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Connections

References Flashdance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Ya
Written by Tendai Tyson, C. Lutterodt and T. Vernon
Performed by Unklejam (as Unkle Jam)
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indistinguishable
2 June 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Lauryn Kirk (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from a small Indiana town goes to audition for the Chicago School of Music and Dance. They want real emotions and reject her. Her car gets towed and she is unwilling to admit defeat to her brother. She gets a place to stay from Dana (Tessa Thompson) who helps get her a bookkeeping job at the burlesque club Ruby's. Dana is one of the dancers and Russ (Riley Smith) is the music director.

This is a worn-out formula. The plot is a copy of every other one of these dance movies. This has to distinguish itself with great dancing but there is nothing exceptional here. Winstead is not a big enough star to carry this although she does have that wide-eyed innocent quality. She's tall and lanky. She fits the character but the movie is not special.


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