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Make It Happen (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama | 8 August 2008 (UK)
Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery.

Director:

Darren Grant

Writers:

Duane Adler (screenplay), Nicole Avril (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lauryn
Tessa Thompson ... Dana
Riley Smith ... Russ
John Reardon ... Joel
Julissa Bermudez ... Carmen
Ashley Roberts ... Brooke
Karen LeBlanc ... Brenda
Matt Kippen Matt Kippen ... Wayne
Erik Fjeldsted Erik Fjeldsted ... Marty - Mechanic
Aaron Merke Aaron Merke ... Clay - Mechanic
Leigh Enns ... Flirtatious Customer
Christina Grace Christina Grace ... Female Dancer - Auditions (as Christina Grace SY)
Debbie Patterson Debbie Patterson ... Audition Receptionist
Sofia Costantini Sofia Costantini ... Choreographer's Assistant
Jeremy Koz Jeremy Koz ... Cool Looking Guy
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Storyline

Indiana girl Lauryn wants to be a dancer, so she tries to audition for a Chicago dance school but fails to impress them; they tell her to return for the second audition a few weeks off and try to do something different. But in the meantime, her car gets towed; not wanting to return to Indiana and a brother who doesn't exactly support her, she gets a job at a burlesque club and discovers a different kind of dance. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hear The Music. Feel The Beat.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was shocked and flattered to be offered the role out of the blue and eagerly accepted, as dancing was one of her passions. She's been dancing since she was 4 years old. See more »

Goofs

When Lauryn dances onstage at Ruby's for the first time, as she goes into her starting post, she realizes that she is too far to the left (viewer's left, her right) of the stage and adjusts herself so her silhouette (outline) is right in the middle of the sliding stage door (at the line where the doors meet). But the very next shot shows her silhouette to the right (viewer's right) of the middle/door split. See more »

Quotes

Carmen: Maybe he was upset cos you were so bad.
Brooke: Ease off Carmen, she was killing it.
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Connections

References Flashdance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Teach Me How To Dance
Written by Che'Nelle, Marshall Leathers and Sean Campbell
Performed by Che'Nelle
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User Reviews

Youthful, uplifting and vibrant popcorn flick
18 November 2008 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a young woman who works against all odds towards achieving her dream as a dancer.

"Make It Happen" is a predictable feel good movie. It has got all the ingredients to be a cheesy film. It has trendy danceable music, cool dance moves, great looking people, the jealous enemy; even the obligatory shopping scenes! As for the plot, there is no beating around the bush. Just six minutes into the film, there is already a dance audition. The pacing is fast, but it does not feel rushed. The dance moves are energetic and vibrant, which makes it a joy to watch.

"Make It Happen" gives the right youthful energy which makes viewers feel good. It is a great popcorn flick to turn your brain off. Just forget all the clichés, sit back and enjoy it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Bille Woodruff Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,153,961
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mayhem Project See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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