How She Move (2008)



Critic Consensus: Despite a formulaic plot, the energetic and gritty How She Move is elevated by a commanding debut performance by Rutina Wesley.

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An aspiring medical student whose drug-addicted sister has recently died and who may be forced to relocate from her posh private school to the crime-infested neighborhood in which she was raised enters a step-dancing competition in hope of securing the funds needed to continue her education. Unable to afford the tuition needed to fund her private-school education, ambitious teen Raya returns to her family home in the city and is reluctantly forced to reevaluate her future. Upon learning that the top prize for an upcoming step-dancing competition is 50,000 dollars, Raya uses her impressive moves to earn a coveted slot in her good friend Bishop's predominately male JSJ crew. Isolated from the local females due to jealousy and separated from her fellow dancers by gender, the ambitious dancer is subsequently kicked off the team for showing off during a preliminary competition. Now, if Raya has any hope of realizing her medical-school dreams, she will have to either earn back Bishop's trust or organize her own dance crew and start over from scratch.
PG-13 (for some drug content, suggestive material and language)
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Rutina Wesley
as Raya Green
Dwain Murphy
as Bishop
Keyshia Cole
as Herself
DeRay Davis
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for How She Move

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (26)

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Director Ian Iqbal Rashid, using mainly 16mm hand-held photography, applies an interestingly gritty touch to the proceedings.

April 21, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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When they dance, the effect isn't exuberant release -- every cartilage-crushing stomp-clap gets more and more furious. This is cheerleading in hell.

January 29, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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How She Move was shot on the cheap in 16-mm. film, and some of it is a little drab-looking, but it has energy and bravado.

Full Review… | January 28, 2008
New Yorker
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As we replay last year's step-dance hit Stomp the Yard, the ostensible message about working hard in school gets stomped out of the yard.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for How She Move

I was shocked to find out at the end of the movie that it was filmed in Ontario. What do Canadians know about step-dancing? The movie is pretty good. Pretty difficult for the hero to balance relationships, studying for the scholarship and step-dancing.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

movie was very slow, dancing moves weren't all that explosive, just seemed like a remake of stomp the yard but from a female dancers point of view instead of a guy, very,very similar storyline, but i liked stomp the yard, just didnt want to see it again.

Deb Jarnagin
Deb Jarnagin

Super Reviewer


The killer dance moves are quite okay in this choregraphed flick as you know what I really like all-black extraordinary dance film called Stomp the Yard the best. This is much like what break dancing was to the 1980's, but is more of a team sport, with just a few individual moments of solo focus.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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