How can you not like dance movies? They are tons of fun, always uplifting and make you seriously question your lack of talent. Upon my first hearing of Work It, I was having a sense of deja vu. I mean, hadn’t I just seen something similar in Feel The Beat? I couldn’t have been more wrong. While the movies share certain plot points, one is definitely superior to the other and that is this one.
Quinn Ackerman’s (Sabrina Carpenter) goal in life is to get into Duke University. That is the school where her dad went and if she can follow in his footsteps, she’s sure everything else will fall into place. How could she not get in? She’s head of student council, has an exceptional GPA, plays the cello and volunteers in a nursing home. On paper, Quinn is a shoo in.
Unfortunately for her, Duke has seen it all before. During her college admissions interview with Mrs. Veronica Ramirez (Michelle Butuea), Quinn is told that in order to get in, she will need to find another activity that will allow her to stand out from the crowd. They’re looking for individuality, not for everybody to have the same sort of qualifications.
So Quinn decides to sign up for her school’s prestigious dance team, The Thunderbirds. But when leader Julliard Pembrooke (Keiynan Lonsdale) won’t recruit her, Quinn has a better idea – she’ll start her own group! Together with the help of her best friend Jas (Liza Koshy), they put together a band of misfits who all share the love of dance. Recruiting well known talent Jake Taylor (Jordan Fisher) as choreographer, they only have a couple months to prepare for the Work It competition where Mrs. Ramirez will be watching.
A very sweet and fun story of learning to push yourself out of your comfort zone, Work It is a movie that will leave you smiling. The story, while predictable at times, is still endearing enough to keep you interested and the chemistry between Sabrina Carpenter and Jordan Fisher alone is enough to leave you positively melting.
In addition, the dance sequences were super impressive. There were routines in there that I had never seen before. The music was absolutely on point too.
If you are in the mood for something that will make you feel invincible, then this is the one for you!