How She Move Directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. 98 minutes. Opens Friday (January 25). Rating: NNN
How She Move goes through some of the same motions as many inspirational urban underdog films before it but surprises with its strong performances and exciting dance sequences.
Newcomer Rutina Wesley plays Raya, a private-school kid who returns to her Jane-Finch corridor home after her junkie sister’s death. There, she reluctantly enters the competitive step dance scene, setting her sights on the inevitable cash prize from the inevitable competition that’ll solve all her monetary problems, if not her personal ones.
There’s no way to successfully step through all the holes in the script, but director Rashid (Touch Of Pink) wisely concentrates on the dance sequences and gets energetic, lived-in performances from his young cast.