Make It Happen

Synopsis: Lauryn is a girl from Indiana who wants to be a dancer. So she tries to audition for a dance school in Chicago, when she fails to impress them. They tell her to come back for the second audition which will be in a few weeks and to also try to do something different. But in the meantime, after her car gets towed and not wanting to return to Indiana; to her brother, who doesn't exactly support her, she gets a job at a burlesque club. And while there she discovers a different kind of dance.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Darren Grant
Production: The Weinstein Co./MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

'Glenwood, Indiana.


'Miles from Chicago: 291.

'Dance schools:

'I've got one dream, one shot.

'Today, everything could change.'

# Could you, could you,

could you teach me?

# Show me that again

# Could you, could you,

could you teach me?

# You take the lead

# Straight up! Do you have rhythm

underneath your feet?

# Does the beat flow

through that fine body?

# Do you enjoy sweatin' all on me?

# Whoa! Did you just bust

that move freestylin'?

# Do you do much choreographin'?

# You're wildin' out, boy, great timin',

I like a man who can dance

# Showin', swingin', bangin',

teach me how to dance

# Could you, could you teach me,

teach me how to?

# Could you, could you,

could you teach me?

# Teach me how to dance... #

I'm off to the garage. You wanna lift?

No, thanks.

I'm gonna work the routine

a few more times.

- Big day, huh?

- Yep.

So you're packed?


OK, see you later.

- Hey.

- There you are.

- Missed you at the party last night.

- Sorry, Wayne. I had to finish packing.

- I burned you some travelling music.

- Oh!

So, are you nervous?

Not really. I'm more excited.

Come on, it's the Chicago School

of Music and Dance.

I know. I've only been dreaming about it

for as long as I can remember.

The girls I'm up against, they trained with

the best teachers and choreographers.

So you are nervous.

Don't worry.

They'd be crazy not to take you.

Has your brother lightened up at all?

Hmm, you know how Joel can be.

- He doesn't get it.

- He's just gonna miss you.

This means me and my two left feet

will have to find a new dance partner!

- You aren't that bad.

- Yeah, right!

All right, good luck.

- Get out of here.

- OK.

- Good luck, Lauryn.

- Thanks, Marty.

- Frankie quoted me 500.

- Course he did, he's a crook.

I'll do it for 250. Pick it up after lunch.

See you then.

Hey, Clueless, I think she wanted

you to pick her up after lunch.

Last month after payroll,

you're plus 600.

Good month.

That's still 1,800 behind

for the month before last.


I guess I'll be hitting the road.

Joel... why am I on the schedule?

Sorry, wishful thinking.

Come on. I'm 21. It's now or never.

If I nail this audition, I'm gonna be

in Chicago till my classes begin.

Look, I got some interviews

together for you.

Qualified bookkeepers to replace me.

Resumes are on my desk.

how you're gonna pull that off.

With a part-time job, Joel.

I promised after Mom and Dad died,

I'd do whatever

to keep this place running.

But I can't work in a garage all my life.

You know I've trained to be a dancer.

Yeah, I know.

All right.

I'm outta here.

Boss, if she don't work here no more,

you think I could date her?

Not if you want to live.

# Take the other road,

go where I wanna go

# Just like a jigsaw puzzle,

some piece is out of place

# You've lost your own perception

on how to win this race

# Cos everybody in the world

seems to sing the same song

# Marching to the same beat,

playing from the same drum

# But I ain't afraid to keep

my own eternity

# I live my live, I do it my way... #

- Excuse me, where do we check in?

- Up there.

- Name?

- Lauryn Kirk.

Lauryn Kirk? 252.

Next. Name?

Thanks for coming in.

- I give her about a minute fifteen.

- You're kidding.

If you last more than a minute,

you're lucky.

Thank you. Thank you,

Stephanie, that's enough.

That's not what we're looking for,

but thanks for coming in.

Enjoy your time in Chicago.

Who's next?

Number 252.

Yeah, hi, how are you?

Hi, I'm Lauryn Kirk

from Glenwood, Indiana.

- So, what have you brought for us?

- It's... er... a piece that I put together.

- May we see it?

- Yeah.

That's OK. This is your time,

don't mind our schedule.

Hello! Hello, hello, stop! Stop!

We received 2,000 tapes.

You're one of the 300 people

here today, congratulations.

But now I need more.

I... I don't understand.

We're looking for dancers

who can express real emotion,

not fragments of it.

Something softer, more sensual,

more feminine.

More honest.

Thank you, Miss Kirk.

Who's next?

OK, let's get right to it.

Right here.


I remember that cattle call.

It's a tough school.

You auditioned?

Oh, I don't know

if I'd exactly call it an audition.

I lasted all of a minute and 12 seconds.

Should I even ask?

It's harder than you thought

it was gonna be, huh?

At least my brother back home

will be thrilled to know I didn't get in.

Yeah, all my brothers and sisters live

in the same town where we grew up.

They thought I was crazy moving here.

My dad didn't speak to me for weeks.

Did it get better?

Yeah, now he calls me all the time.

That school only lets in one percent.

That's like 20 out of the thousands

who apply,

so don't be so hard on yourself.


So how'd it go?


- You didn't get in?

- 'I didn't say that.'

- So you did get in?

- They don't tell you right away.

- Well, what does it look like?

- Looks good.

- 'That sounds believable.'

- Look, Joel, I'm tired. OK, I...

- 'Call me as soon as you know.'

- Yeah.

I gotta go.

Wait! Stop!

Stop! Wait, stop!


Hey, are you all right?

Let's get you out of this rain.

Call the tow company from my place.

Come on.

I really appreciate this.

No problem. Trust me, I've been there.

When I first got here, I got knocked

down so many times I lost count.

And the looks,

like you're just some hick from...

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Duane Adler

Duane Adler is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for his work on romantic dance films Save the Last Dance (2001), Step Up (2006), and Make Your Move (2013). His other screenwriting credits include VH1's telefilm The Way She Moves (2001), Weinstein Co's Make It Happen (2008), Skydance's "Northern Lights," and Fox Atomic's Venice Beach.Duane Adler is president of Hungry Yak Productions and partner in Connect Entertainment. more…

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