MAKE YOUR MOVE
Love Conquers All
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Starring: Derek Hough, BoA, Will Yun
Lee, Miki Ishikawa, Wesley
Jonathan, Dan Lauria
Genre: Musical Drama
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: CJ Entertainment/High Top
Director: Duane Adler
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Robert Cort, Eric Hetzel, Tony
Blain, Dan Heffner
Writer: Duane Adler
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The movie stars David Hough, the charismatic five-time winner of television’s DANCING WITH THE STARS. David plays Donny, an ex-convict on parole on the streets of New Orleans. Donny tries to earn a living as a dancing street performer, but his parole officer tells him to get a real job.
So, with help from a friend in New Orleans, Donny decides to secretly skip out on his parole. His destination is New York City, where his foster brother, an African American man named Nick, who runs one of the hottest underground dance clubs. Complications ensue when Donny falls for Aya, the sister of Oto, Nick’s former Korean business partner.
The two young lovers become stuck between Nick and Oto’s feud. Donny wants to do new things with dance by mixing styles. Aya has a girl group that mixes hip-hop dance with Japanese drumming. Will their brothers ever give them a chance to make their move in career and love?
MAKE YOUR MOVE is an energetic, entertaining musical drama, with plenty of modern dancing and music. If it reminds people too much like a lightweight WEST SIDE STORY, well, that may be a timeworn formula, but the movie is captivating nevertheless.
The movie’s premise is somewhat moral and redemptive in the sense that it’s the love between the two lead characters that solves the plot problem and brings everyone together. In fact, things are resolved when Donny decides to convert an abandoned church to showcase his and Aya’s talent and bring their brothers together. Despite that, the movie focuses on feelings and being successful, so MAKE YOUR MOVE also has some Romantic, pagan elements. Those elements include some relatively light and strong obscenities, sensual dancing, and an implied sex scene. That said, the young hero doesn’t get away with skipping parole. He ends up doing the right thing, and his girlfriend promises to wait for him while he serves out his parole.
MAKE YOUR MOVE clearly takes place in a Post-Christian urban world. It still manages, however, to deliver some uplifting, entertaining moments. Most of the dances (but not every one) are fairly clean and can be enjoyed by a broad audience.
Despite its timeworn formula, MAKE YOUR MOVE is an energetic, entertaining musical drama, with plenty of modern dancing and music. The movie’s premise is somewhat moral and redemptive. For example, it’s the love between the two lead characters that solves the plot problem and brings everyone together. Despite that, MAKE YOUR MOVE focuses on feelings and being successful, so it also has some Romantic, pagan elements. Those elements include light and strong obscenities, some sensual dancing, and an implied sex scene. So, strong caution is advised, despite MAKE YOUR MOVE’s uplifting, entertaining moments.