How She Move
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +2

Rutina Wesley, Dwain Murphy, Tracey Armstrong. Drama/dance musical. Written by Annmarie Morais. Directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Raya Green is seventeen-years-old, bright and full of promise. She attends a prestigious private school outside her tough, crime-ridden neighborhood. When a family tragedy leaves her family unable to pay her tuition, Raya is forced to return to the old community she so desperately wants to escape. She soon finds herself drawn into the world of underground dance competitions and smells an opportunity to win some money, get out of the neighborhood, help her family and return to her old school. But as the dance tournament unfolds, Raya realizes that real success only comes to those brave enough to tackle it on their own terms.

Featuring a fresh cast of new discoveries, this Sundance Film Festival hit marks the feature film debut of the electric Rutina Wesley, with street-style step sequences by top choreographer Hi Hat and special appearances by R&B singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole and comedian DeRay Davis.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Its not original, and you have to be open to rap and stepping to get the most out of this film, but the cast is sincere and able in their chosen music field, the director keeps the pacing lively and involving, and the messages are clear and positive. The story rests on one prominent line One moment changes a million after it. The filmmaker obviously wants to send a positive message to urban audiences that despite ordeals, travail can be overcome. And without sermonizing, there is a gentle nudge to steer clear of drugs.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Paramount Vantage

Crude Language: There are a couple of lewd dance moves and a couple of suggestive sexual remarks, but mostly the filmmaker avoids crudity.
Obscene Language: Around 15 obscenities the s-word; one f-word from the bad guy.
Profanity: I caught none.
Violence: One brief skirmish between the lead and another girl; the leads sister has died from a drug overdose, but we do not see this.
Sexual Intercourse: The antagonist is seen with a girl in his lap, suggesting a sexual situation, but it is not graphic.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: The villain has a wild party, with supposedly underage drinking, drug use and smoking. The lead leaves immediately, disgusted.
Other: None
Running Time: 91 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Above

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