By Captain Cumquat
I’m treating this movie like two different entities entirely. Firstly, if youâ€™re the type of moviegoer that yearns for an excellently crafted subtly acted character study, you should probably turn the page. The story here is a pretty thin tale about a med student hopeful Reya (freshman actress Rutina Wesley)who bombs the scholarship test so she needs to win the dance competition to pay for higher education (think 21 but with Steppinâ€™ instead of Gamblinâ€™.) Through her interactions with tough girl-soon-to-become best friend Michelle (Tre Armstrong) and a series of dance groups she joins, then bails from like a college freshman on yet another major, she makes peace with her past and valuable progress toward her future. The limp performances set against some equally bland sets starts one to ponder how she move outta my DVD player. But then again, Iâ€™m guessing the title â€œHow She Moveâ€ doesnâ€™t attract your average film auteur in the first place. So letâ€™s get to the real meat of this movie – the dancing.
Steppin, for those of you who donâ€™t know, is the current urban form of movement expression. It is what break dancing was to the 80â€™s but is done much more as a team sport with a few individual moments of solo focus. This movie was clearly constructed with just enough story to set it apart from a steppin documentary, but the dancing is the bulk of, and the best part of this movie. Not being an expert stepper myself, I canâ€™t delve much into the technical critique of the dancing except to say, â€œDamn! I didnâ€™t know someone could move like that.â€ and â€œWhoa, that was cool.â€ And all that hoppin set to very hip music â€“ itâ€™s almost enough to give this white boy some soul. In the dance scenes, much more attention has been paid to the visual pallet and spectacle that speaks to an MTV audience. I believe the youth dancing culture that this film is geared toward will very much enjoy this movie.
DVD extras include featurettes and the trailer.
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.