High Strung

6.31 h 36 min2016X-RayPG
When a Midwest dancer and a street-wise British musician meet in New York, they immediately clash but there's an undeniable attraction as well. The two must navigate their differences for a competition that will change their lives forever.
Michael Damian
Keenan KampaNicholas GalitzineJane Seymour
DramaSpecial Interest
English [CC]
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Sonoya MizunoPaul FreemanDave Scott
Janeen DamianMichael Damian
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4.6 out of 5 stars

669 global ratings

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WesManReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
I tried to like it...
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This film is fine, except for 1) BAD DIRECTION - when you can tell Jane Seymour was told to deliver her lines a certain awful way, then you know EVERYONE ELSE was given the same bad instructions. At first, I thought they were bad actors (and maybe they are), but as CORNY as this script is, there LOTS of better ways to deliver these lines.than this. There are MUCH better ways to shoot dance and movement. The Director is so bad, he cast himself for a line early on, and the whole scene is predictable and cheesy. 2) BAD PRODUCTION VALUE - Do bad guys really drink their whiskey in a plastic glass tumbler? Do dance studios always have a misty something in the air on the first day? Do all costumes look like they were pulled from the neighborhood dinner theater? 3) WEAK CHOREO / DANCING - If those are meant to be street dancers, don't you think they'd be a bit more....street? Their ideas and movements would be more interesting and innovative? Can the supporting dancers do the same choreography as the lead and at least stay on rhythm? I thought they made it into the same "intense Manhattan dance academy" but they fall out of turns that easily?
I could go on and on. I stopped watching because pretending to be something when you can't pull it off (in this case, an interested viewer) never really works. I wish the Director knew this before taking this on. He should NEVER have attempted this film...
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Russell SReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Run out and get this....I can't believe i waited so long since i bought it to watching it.
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When a hip hop violinist who plays in the New York subway for spare change encounters a classical dancer on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts, this begins a strange relationship. With the help of a hip hop dance crew they must find a common ground while preparing for a competition that could change their lives forever. Let me say this...I smiled from start to finish, were some of the acting performances stunted at times, yes, but not always and the talents here transcend the acting...the violins and the dancing and the intermingling or all of them is superb. I loved this movie so much and even though some may call it formulaic...I say, WOW. If you are a fan of dance or violin this movie will double your pleasure. and as for magnetic.....The leads are hypnotic. I will be watching this over and over again.
16 people found this helpful
ShaunaReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Because sometimes you just need one of these movies.
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I love Dirty Dancing. I love Footloose. I absolutely dig the rapidly expanding genre of movies that showcase hip hop dancing in all forms. Show me a great remake of Romeo and Juliet and I'm a fan - and I would argue that this movie is exactly that. And contemporary composition, you say? Yes, please! This movie might not be a lot of things, but it's exactly what I really enjoy when I want to get swept up in a love story with really fantastic music. I've rewatched the final dance sequence a handful of times during my 48 hour rental period, and I've discovered some new contemporary composers as a result. Deep? Nope. Tour de force? Probably not. Super fun if you just let yourself get lost in it? Absolutely.
52 people found this helpful
Mrsbean2uReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow! Awesome movie!
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All I can say is... WOW! This. Is. An. Awesome. Movie!! I have watched it several times now, bought it, and also bought the soundtrack! Pulled my mom over to see it and she loved it to! Cannot believe I have never heard of this show until I saw it on Netflix. If you like violin, dancing, and a bit of romance and drama this is the show to watch!
15 people found this helpful
M. AckermannReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watch it for the incredible athletes - the amazing dancers
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Don't watch this one for the acting (wooden, for the most part), or the plot (entirely predictable), or the pretend violin-playing (wretched). Watch it if you love DANCE! The dance sequences of the genres represented in the film are beautiful and, during their best moments, mesmerizing. The final competition piece is utterly tremendous and the one surprise of the movie - it was so much better than I expected and perfectly married the different dance styles in tension throughout the rest of the film. Dirty Dancing, Swing Kids (1993), etc - I love dance movies with real, authentic, talented dancers or even actors who have found their groove just for the movie. They are true artists that celebrate the sheer joy and raw beauty of dancing in all its forms.

(OK, I'm jealous - I could never do even one of these moves. Just saying. But I do love to watch people who can!)
3 people found this helpful
Cat JenkinsReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Just plain boring, trite and bad
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Another production where an actress/dancer who looks in her mid-thirties tries to play a role a decade younger. And so weirdly off. Her roommate is there for her second year at the conservatory, but seems to have no friends other than the newbie. They immediately have a giggly pillow fight and like to hold hands for no reason at all. Sorry, but I was a student like that in NYC and NO one acts that way. Tired of the clumsy, running-into-everyone-and-apologizing new student stereotype. Same for the violinist meeting his downstairs break-dancing neighbors. Just so unrealistic it's unwatchable. Ew.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
HDTGM made me watch it
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I love campy dance movies, but this was tough to get through... so, we know Johnny has a chip on his shoulder, but we never find out why. We know he's a tougher guy because he's got two tattoos and an earring - oooh. I don't need to get into it. Let's just say that the script and acting is awful. 2 stars because some of the dancing was interesting. Can't wait to hear thoughts on this and more at the live show!
8 people found this helpful
TigerlillyReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Average overall
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I enjoyed the dancing and the music; and was even moved by the performance in the end.
Keenan Kampa was decent (she tried to stay away from mugging) and I liked the sub-plot of her character needing to learn to let go of perfection.
The lead actors just did not have the gravitas, age, and experience to pull off some of the acting.
Overall, the story was predictable
The monotony of looking at homogeneously beautiful people. Are there no average looking people at that school?
And to that point: From the first scene, I found it strained credibility that a musical genius who felt like 'the music would destroy him if he didn't get it out' would work out to the point of being ripped. Can you imagine Mozart being shredded? I didn't think so.
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