Sophie Giraud
Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 28, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

How She Move

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/25/08
performer
Tre Armstrong, Rutina Wesley
director
Ian Iqbal Rashid
distributor
Paramount Vantage
author
Annmarie Morais
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

She move good! The specificity of Caribbean-Canadian life in a low-income, multiethnic Toronto neighborhood gives How She Move, a pleasantly conventional story of striving and step dancing, its flavor. Plus, the moves — more gymnastically hybrid than those in Stomp the Yard — are fierce, especially as set to a pounding soundtrack by Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes, among others. Rutina Wesley glowers with just the right touch of sweetness as a brainy student (and stellar after-school stepper) who needs to learn how to honor her old hood even as she studies hard to move on out. B+

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