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Make It Happen (2008)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 14

Cheap, predictable, formulaic and unimaginative generic dance film. Comes across as Showgirls for simpleton teens, but with much less flesh on show.

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Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 1

Cheap, predictable, formulaic and unimaginative generic dance film. Comes across as Showgirls for simpleton teens, but with much less flesh on show.



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Grindhouse star Mary Elizabeth Winstead headlines the dance-themed picture Make It Happen -- a bleak drama about a small-town girl who migrates to the Windy City, where she hopes to build a career as a respected dancer. Instead, her life spirals hopelessly downward and she ends up working at a burlesque club to pay the bills and support herself. Scribe Duane Adler -- known for such dance-themed pictures as Step Up and Save the Last Dance -- authored the script; Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black


Drama, Romance

Duane Adler, Nicole Avril

Dec 9, 2008

The Weinstein Co./MGM

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Despite boundless energy and some surprisingly artful photography, 'Make it Happen' is never more than product. Cheap, abysmally scripted and utterly soulless.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Another dance movie this year? Seriously, where the heck do they keep coming from?

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

...yet another tedious inspirational tale revolving around a would-be dancer's efforts at transcending her wrong-side-of-the-tracks upbringing to become a professional hoofer.

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

We know the trajectory, it's a question of how brightly the rocket burns and how interested we are in the astronauts aboard this dance missile from small town Indiana to Chicago Big Time Dance School

December 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This film's limp retelling of the against-all-odds cliche just doesn't bump, grind or sweat enough to make it happen.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Mary Elizabeth Winstead [has] star quality.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Courier Mail (Australia)

It's hard to dislike all these urban musicals aimed at teenage girls, and even harder to tell them apart.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

So predictable that you know exactly what's going to happen at any given minute.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Then you wait for the moment one of the regular girls gets injured, the hostess has to find a replacement and... the rest you know.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent

The film should have been called Rehash Dance, because it is Flashdance without any new ideas.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

It's all just filler between the dance scenes, which are admittedly fun. Think Pussycat Dolls with slightly more clothes on. Unrepentantly formulaic, but enjoyable all the same.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This awesomely unambitious film has all the depth of a Pepsi ad.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Its just as cheesy and just as icky, but calamitously fails to offer any high-octane dance to ease the pain.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

It could be a contemporary take on classic backstage musicals. Or it could be the end of the cinematic arts as we know them.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

There's dancing, there's emotion, there's an earnestly cheesy inspirational storyline, there's nothing you won't have seen before.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The directing's lazy, the love interest is a smarmy douche and the dialogue is flatter than Winstead's toned tummy.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The story may be predictable but Winstead infuses every moment with an amazing amount of charm.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Teletext

In short, this is a watchable dance movie and Winstead's performance just about compensates for the generally poor direction.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Make It Happen

Awesome and spectable dance sequences I ever saw. This dance perform movie is familiar as Flashdance meets Save the Last Dance. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is absolutely amazing in this film. Whilst most actresses would be quite happy to let a stand-in do all the difficult dance sequences, Winstead insisted that she be the one actually doing them.
January 1, 2009
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

It was no surprise that, throughout Make It Happen's 80-minutes duration, one would find this latest dance flick (helmed by occasional music director, Darren Grant) riddled with the most tiresome and obnoxious clichés that the genre could offer across its existence. The movie seems to be borrowing each scene from similarly plotted features. Yet, in one way or another, Make It Happen seems to present all of them just that better. One of the flick's greatest and most undeniable asset would be lead Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who displays some of her best work here. She seems born for the role, radiating an unbelievable amount of charm, and drawing life into a well-written character. Despite having been supplied with a prosaic script, Mary Elizabeth Winstead performs admirably well, both on and offstage. Regardless of Mary Elizabeth Winstead's poetic beauty, the movie lacks a substantial screenplay, and every line feels tacky and uninspired. It's safe to say that the movie is no more scripted than it is choreographed. It was fortunate that the rest of the troops, though never coming close to stealing the show, played their - stereotypical - parts adequately, with the provocative Julissa Bermudez standing out exiguously. The movie's lack of flesh on show is an affront to the cast's sensual, slinky sex appeal, and it is hard to find that the clubgoers are majorly made up of cheering females, rather than drooling guys. However, the dances are already enticing in nature, so more skin would not have been necessary, but simply more effective. Speaking of, the dance sequences are entertainingly beautiful, aided with a catchy soundtrack, and as a whole, undeniably a visual and aural delight - a testament to the eyes and ears. Make It Happen is not much a movie rather than a montage of energetic dance romps, connected solely by filler sequences enlaced with drama and romance. Darren Grant's experience in the music video industry helped a lot here. Stunning cinematography entwine each scene, and the dance sequences are nothing short of being optically magnificent. Although there might not be much to entertain those with a passionate dislike of this variety, it is nevertheless a fine installment into the dance genre. Make It Happen passes as both a short, drama movie entwined with great dance sequences, and an overtly long, energetic music video interweaved with filler drama scenes.
March 1, 2009

Super Reviewer

[b][size=5][color=brown]MAKE IT HAPPEN (2008)[/color][/size]


[i]Kada sam oti?ao u bioskop da pogledam ovaj film nije mi bilo čudno da je pun tinejdzera i da sam ja najstarija osoba u sali, jer je bio film o mladoj plesačici koja ?eli da uspe u velikom gradu (Čikago je ovoga puta u pitanju)...

Naravno, ne primaju je u ?kolu i onda ona re?i da ostane da radi, jer je sramota da ka?e bratu da nije uspela...

Radi kao knjigovođa u noćnom klubu gde iznenada imaju ?anse da vide da je njena talent mnogo veći od igara s brojevima...

Naravno, tu je i ljubavna priča, pa onda ponovni konkurs, pa ljuti brat, pa drugarica itd... ?ablonski film bez većih pretenzija, a ja vam sve ovo pričam da ne biste tro?ili pare da ga gledate.

Ali ako volite da mi ne verujete , hehehehe, slobodno potro?ite pare, dobar je za gubljenje para na gluposti, dodje mu kao poker ma?ine za kockanje.

?teta ?to Mary Elizabeth Winstead nije uspela da dobije neku bolju ulogu, jer nije lo? talenat. U glavnoj mu?koj ulozi, Riley Smith je odradio svoj posao korektno.

Ocena je 4-10.[/i][/b]
September 9, 2008
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

I know I swore off these dance movies, but I like MEW, she's a good actress and I thought she might bring something more to the role. Nope. She fails to get into dance school, becomes a burlesque dancer (with half a star for decent choreography), falls for the first guy she meets, and then gets into dance school.
April 10, 2010

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