Work It delivers an infectious dose of high energy and positivity that the world sorely needs. Beneath the gyrating and flips is a movie about going outside of your comfort zone and how that leads to personal growth. While the film at times does come off as pretty much every teen movie ever made, for the most part, Work It delivers us fun twist on an underdog story most have seen. While there are elements of Allison Peck’s script that didn’t sit right with me, it wasn’t nearly enough to impact any level of enjoyment the film gave me.
Work It centers around Quinn Ackerman (Sabrina Carpenter) whose sole focus is getting into Duke where her late father attended. However, her perfect GPA and list of extracurricular activities don’t seem to impress the admissions office. Quinn ends up lying that she’s on the school’s very popular dance squad. Instead of owning her mistake, she actually tries to get on which goes horribly wrong. Quinn then resorts to forming her own team with the help of her talented best friend Jas (Liza Koshy) and a young choreographer Jake Taylor (Jordan Fisher). Instead of setting the bar low after the team is formed, she immediately sets her sights on taking down that same popular team that rejected her.
The film is essentially about finding your own creative outlet. For Quinn and her friends, that’s dance. Although Work It certainly has it’s a fair share of groan-worthy moments the film checks all the boxes.