Make Your Move (film)

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Make Your Move
Make Your Move 3D.jpg
US theatrical release poster
Directed byDuane Adler
Written byDuane Adler
Based onRomeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Produced byRobert W. Cort
Lee Soo-man
Eric Hetzel
Patricia Chun
StarringBoA Kwon
Derek Hough
Will Yun Lee
Wesley Jonathan
Izabella Miko
Jefferson Brown
CinematographyGregory Middleton
Edited byMelissa Kent
Music byMichael Corcoran
CJ Entertainment
Robert Cort Productions
S.M. Entertainment
Distributed byHigh Top Releasing
CJ Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17) (Hong Kong)
  • April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17) (South Korea)
  • April 18, 2014 (2014-04-18) (United States)
CountriesUnited States
South Korea
Box office$1,427,172[1]

Make Your Move (formerly called Cobu 3D, also known as Make Your Move 3D), is a Romeo and Juliet-inspired 2013 South Korean-American independent dance film starring K-pop singer BoA and ballroom dancer Derek Hough. The film was directed by Duane Adler who wrote the script for the movies Save the Last Dance (2001) and Step Up (2006).[2] Hough took season twelve off of the show Dancing with the Stars to star in the film, which was shot in New York City and Toronto during the spring of 2011.[3][4] Aside from the lead stars, singer Yunho from TVXQ has a cameo appearance.[5] The film was choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, Yako Miyamoto, and Nick Gonzalez.[6][7]

A preview of the film was shown at KCON 2012, a Korean entertainment convention, in Irvine, California. Songs from the movie's soundtrack were played at the convention as well including three by the groups Girls' Generation, F(x) and TVXQ.[8]

The film was released in 2013.[9] According to IMDb, it was released in Norway, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark in the summer.[10] It was released in the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and the United States in 2014.



Make Your Move has received mixed reviews from critics. As of June 2020, the film holds a 38% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 16 reviews with an average rating of 4.76/10.[11] Metacritic calculated a score of 40 out of 100 based on 9 reviews, which signifies mixed or average reviews.[12]

Sara Stewart of the New York Post gave the film one out of four stars, saying "The dancing's fine here, but there's little else to distinguish Make Your Move, an entirely generic drama in which two characters actually say to one another, 'What if this doesn't work?' 'It has to.' It doesn't."[13]

Inkoo Kang of the Los Angeles Times said "[Make Your Move]'s core dance styles are a wonderfully frenetic fusion of tap and hip-hop and a truly novel blend of Japanese taiko drumming and K-pop girl-group choreography. Whenever actor Derek Hough and BoA stop leaping and twirling, though, Make Your Move is an underwritten mess."[14]

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter said "Undemanding young audiences will hardly mind the one-note characterizations, formulaic storyline and banal dialogue even as they'll relate to the frequent nods to text messaging and YouTube videos gone viral... Hough's dancing is far more impressive than his acting, and BoA, despite her perky sexiness, is an even less compelling screen presence. But they certainly move well together, and that's pretty much all that matters here..."[15]

Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post said "Although the bit of bedroom footwork was more laugh-inducing than anything, some of the dancing really is spectacular. Scenes from the competing clubs include impressive choreography and gravity-defying moves. If only the poorly delivered, trite dialogue and predictable plot aimed as high."[16]


Song Artist Duration
Light Up This City Candy Coated Killahz 3:59
Say Yes Jessica, Krystal & Kris 3:58
Let Me In Michael Corcoran/ Derek Hough 2:37
You Found Me Shannon LaBrie 4:27
Cobu Love Theme / Static Invasion The Outfit & Tasha "Dash" Schumann 4:22
Dance to the Drummers Beat Herman Kelly 3:31
Runnin on Empty TVXQ 3:34
The Road (Finer Things) NOLA Fam & Nicky Da B 3:17
Fall For You Stephen Gordon 4:07
Nu ABO f(x) 3:43
Simple Simon On Fire Music 3:13
Cheap Creeper Girls' Generation 3:01
Catching Shadows Felicia Barton 3:54
Now We Know The Outfit 4:38
Breathing Love Melodye Perry 5:13
Trap Henry Lau (Super Junior-M) 3:46


  1. ^ "Make Your Move (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike (January 27, 2011). "'Dancing With The Stars' Derek Hough Teams With Asian Singer BoA On 'Cobu 3D'". Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Rizzo, Monica (January 31, 2011). "Derek Hough Leaves Dancing with the Stars". Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Rosen, Christopher (January 28, 2011). "Derek Hough to Appear in Upcoming Film Cobu 3D". Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Yunho to Appear in BoA's Hollywood Movie "COBU 3D"". May 20, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "BoA meets with hip hop choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon for "COBU 3D"". April 15, 2011. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Looseleaf, Victoria (October 2011). "Hollywood Falls for Dance—Again". Dance. ISSN 0011-6009. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Girls' Generation, EXO, TVXQ, & F(x) To Be Featured On "Cobu 3D" Soundtrack". October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  9. ^ Lee, Claire (February 5, 2013). "Korean-foreign productions create buzz for 2013". The Korea Herald. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Release Info". Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  11. ^ "Make Your Move (2014)". Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Make Your Move Reviews". Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  13. ^ Stewart, Sara (April 16, 2014). "'Make Your Move' a generic dance-fest". New York Post. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  14. ^ Kang, Inkoo (April 17, 2014). "Review: Korean pop music steps up in 'Make Your Move'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  15. ^ Scheck, Frank (April 17, 2014). "Make Your Move: Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  16. ^ Merry, Stephanie (April 18, 2014). "'Make Your Move' movie review". Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 9, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2014.

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