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Go for It! (2011)

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A student must decide between follwing her dream to become a dancer, or to follow the wishes of her family.

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Carmen Marron

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Carmen Marron
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aimee Garcia ... Carmen Salgado
Al Bandiero ... Frank Martin
Jossara Jinaro ... Loli
Gina Rodriguez ... Gina
Louie Alegria Louie Alegria ... Pablo
Derrick Denicola ... Jared
Andres Perez-Molina ... Jesse Salgado
Gustavo Mellado Gustavo Mellado ... Luis Salgado
Rene Rosado ... Nino
David Hernandez David Hernandez ... Cuko
Liliana Montenegro ... Irene Salgado
Safia Hannin Safia Hannin ... Cecy Salgado
Peggy Goss ... Jared's Mother
Daniel Yabut ... Danny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Armacost Brad Armacost ... Jared's Father
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Storyline

Carmen is a good student with a bad attitude who lives for dancing in the underground clubs of Chicago. She yearns to be 'somebody' but is afraid to believe in herself. Her immigrant Mexican, working-class parents want her to stay in school and get an education, so she attends junior college while working at a grocery store. Carmen's professor catches her performing one day in the neighborhood and challenges her to audition to a formal dance school in California. She gets into a fight with her chaotic family and runs away to her best friend Gina's place only to find out Gina's been getting beat up by her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Carmen's boyfriend, Jared wants her to commit and move in with him. Pulled apart in every direction, her dream of dancing fades. Can Carmen overcome her fears and take the biggest chance of her life, or will she succumb to her self-doubt? Written by Los Angeles Latino Film Festival

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Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, brief violence and drug material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance for It! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,714, 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$178,739, 27 May 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Waste of Producers money..and ours who watched it.
13 November 2011 | by mrlasvegas2uSee all my reviews

I am not only a fan of dance movies, but also a dancer and a fellow independent filmmaker/producer/actor. I always go out and watch and support every independent filmmaker who makes a movie on dancing, because that is my passion. I have to say I was very disappointed by this movie. When I found out they spent over $2.4 million on this movie, I was very sad!!

There are so many talented filmmakers who could have made this movie better for half the budget. I give the director credit for finishing a movie, and getting it distributed, but that doesn't mean anything when the people that financed this movie will never recover even half of their investments.

I am not a hater. I wanted to love this movie, and I payed money to rent it from blockbuster. Here is my constructive feedback for the director: The DP work was horrible, he has no idea how to film a dance movie. Half the dance routines can't be seen properly, and isn't that the reason people go to watch dance movies?? I guess I can blame the editor or the director, but a DP should have guided the first time director. SECOND, the lighting is so horrible, it makes the whole experience unpleasant. Look, a dance movie is meant for a younger audience, bright lighting not only sets an upbeat fun mood, but it's better visually when we are trying to watch the dancing. I am sorry, nice effort on the directors part, but before you go out and spend that kind of money, please do the research, watch other successful movies in that genre. I am watching this movie as I am writing this, and I am so annoyed that I cannot even see the dancing clearly to enjoy this movie. The acting was not bad, which is a step up from most dance movies. Directing was OK, minus directing the dance scenes. I give the director credit for finishing a movie for sure, but her lack of experience clearly shows through out the movie. What I am saying is also clearly evident by the box office outcome.

ALSO: Stop having friends write reviews. It's funny when someone compares this movie to Good Will Hunting. That's a joke right!!! This kind of stuff undermines the director's efforts and talent even more. Look, the fact is, she is work in progress, let her bloom. Don't fill her head with BS. A real criticism will make her a stronger and better filmmaker. Don't feed her ego with garbage. Sorry if this critique offends anyone, but I say it as I see it. I am very critical of my own work as well, and I'm always striving to learn and grow myself. Good luck to the director, and I hope you keep making movies and you keep getting better.


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