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Go for It! (2011)





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This inspirational Hip Hop dance drama follows Carmen, a young woman living in Chicago, who struggles to overcome her fears and follow her dream to be a dancer. -- (C) Official Site
PG-13 (for sexual content, language, brief violence and drug material.)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Aimee Garcia
as Carmen Salgado
Gina Rodriguez
as Gina Esperanza
Louie Alegria
as Pablo Salgado
Rino Nakasone
as Imported Delight Leader
Maya Chino
as Imported Dancer
Ayodhya Jones
as Imported Dancer
PeiPei Yuan
as Imported Dancer
Mayuko Kitayama
as Imported Dancer
Jeanine Carrillo
as Imported Dancer
Ashlee Nino
as All-Star Dancer
Jessica Rabone
as All-Star Dancer
Diana Carreno
as All-Star Dancer
Katie Orr
as All-Star Dancer
Marissa Labog
as All-Star Dancer
Reina Hidalgo
as All-Star Dancer
Al Bandiero
as Mr. Martin
Katie Hall
as Miss Simpson
Katie L. Hall
as Miss Simpson
Andres Perez-Molina
as Jesse Salgado
Gustavo Mellado
as Luis Salgado
Safia Hannin
as Cecy Salgado
Liliana Montenegro
as Irene Salgado
Peter Blanchett
as Student in Class
Eloisa Garcia
as Mrs. Lopez
Hector Garcia
as Store Manager
Carlos Pratts
as Carlos
David Ross Paterson
as Richard Hatton
Nicole True Armstrong
as Dancer in Park
Ro Lott
as Dancer in Park
Amy Fernandez
as Dancer in Park
Jeannette Rodriguez
as Dancer in Park
Karine DaSilva
as Girlfighter 1
Karine Da Silva
as Girlfighter 1
Sophie Green
as Girlfighter 2
Brad Armacost
as Jared's Father
Peggy Lee Goss
as Jared's Mother
Yomi Perry
as Gina's Mother
Lisa Roumain
as Marina
Teresa Espinosa
as Beat Freak
Lindsey Blaufarb
as Beat Freak
Jennifer Horeni
as Woman Kissing Jared
Keeley Kaukimoce
as Beat Freak
Susie Mancini
as Judge 1
Kristin Denehy
as Judge 2
Sid Idris
as Judge 3
Somaya Reece
as Somaya
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Critic Reviews for Go for It!

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

An unpretentious rite-of-passage drama whose merits belie the banality of its title.

Full Review… | May 15, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Go For It! never manages to conjure an iota of the joyful exuberance that enlivens even the most formulaic dance films.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Go for It! brings nothing new to the coming-of-age dance film.

Full Review… | May 10, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Earnest and sympathetic but unsophisticated.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Go for It!


"Dream to be a Dancer" flicks are a dime a dozen anymore ... and this one doesn't really do anything new with the material other than present an off-tangent tragedy three-quarters of the way through to make a viewer feel more-than disturbed. 33-year old Aimee Garcia is supposed to pass as 17/18 year old Carmen (she doesn't), a Chicago high schooler with little to no motivation to do anything with her life until one particular teacher -- the one who gives her a hard time AND the only one in the entire film about high school -- asks her to apply for a dance academy in California. The story isn't particularly well-written and all of the characters are open books ... although some of them make NO sense (again, poor writing). They are all stereotypes ... and this is too bad. The film is predictable, predictable, predictable ... and nothing new. There was some talent onscreen (and off) with some nice hip-hop choreography; but the "story" is supposed to be more than this dancing. As the character is already sympathetic, I found the added punch-in-the-gut that I already mentioned a ploy that was unnecessary and it made this rather unpretentious film almost seem pretentious for a bit.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

This movie has a lot to say about the transitions young people make, or think about making, as they begin their lives as adults. "Go for It" makes us feel the trials and the joys that young people experience when they begin to live their own lives. While I do agree that their are some weak spots, the fact that it succeeds so well in reaching out mitigates its weaknesses. A very good movie, with a very lame title. You really ought to go see it.

Connie O'Connorly
Connie O'Connorly

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