Make It Happen

2008

Make It Happen

Critics Consensus

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

22%

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Total Count: 18

40%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 13,107
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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 Woman) directs.

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Critic Reviews for Make It Happen

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (14)

Audience Reviews for Make It Happen

  • Sep 23, 2009
    The story was bad - it was so predictable! The acting wasn't so bad but it wasn't anything special. The dialogue needed some work but I did enjoy the dance scenes. I thought they were hot and very enjoyable.
    James H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2009
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a strong performance as a small town girl trying to make it at the top dance school in Chicago. When she doesn't get accepted, she has to earn a living by being a dancer in a risque nightclub. Her brother tries to bring her back home to run the family business, but she doesn't want that life anymore. I actually liked this movie, it will probably remind you of countless other movies about young women trying to make it in the big city but Winstead gives a great acting performance and handles her dance scenes like a pro. Check it out.
    monty h Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2009
    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.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2009
    somewhere between coyote ugly and step up - in fact a lot like coyote ugly..... I have a compulsion to watch all dancing films, it's a weakness and a dance obsession. Unfortunately they're all the same, only the cast changes.
    Samantha A Super Reviewer

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