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“Work It” offers plenty of dance moves, but lacks plot twists

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Liza Koshy and Sabrina Carpenter show off their moves in the feel-good film. Netflix

The latest Netflix feel-good comedy “Work It”, is definitely welcome amid the pandemic, but the played-out narrative, unfortunately, leaves it a little lacklustre.

The film starts with narration by Quinn (Sabrina Carpenter), a socially awkward but academically apt high school senior, talking about her dream of getting into Duke University – to follow in the footsteps of her father. Viewers soon find out she is the complete opposite of her best friend, Jasmine (Liza Koshy), who is the lead dancer in their school’s elite dance squad.

When Quinn finds out the extracurricular activities she has undertaken to impress the Duke University admissions officer go unappreciated, she accidentally lies that she is also part of her friend’s dance squad.

Forced by her own doing, but with Jasmine by her side, Quinn recruits the skilled misfits and nontraditional dancers among her classmates to help her prove she has what it takes to compete on the stage and get into Duke – enlisting the help of one of their school’s most famous dancing alumni, Jake (Jordan Fisher),

Yet, the unfolding events still lack oomph, with the setup in “Work It” being all too familiar. It is the typical storyline of a Hollywood-esque competition, where a protagonist tries to overcome internal and external challenges to reach a goal – with the all too predictable struggle in the middle.

Lacking an interesting twist and surprise ending, the film, unfortunately, ends up becoming rather dull – on top of the fact it is much too similar to earlier Netflix film “Feel the Beat”.

Labelled a part comedy, “Work It” does try to supply some laugh-out-loud moments, but they are mediocre at best. However, the dancing in the film is top-notch, with routines lively and refreshing, accompanied by an uplifting soundtrack.

All in all, the best aspect of the film probably lies in its young and promising cast. The song “Move It” gives its rising stars Sabrina Carpenter, Liza Koshy and Jordan Fisher a moment to shine. The three demonstrate not only fantastic theatrics, but also create great onscreen chemistry which does engage the audience.

Although “Work It” is not winning any prize for originality, it does offer a charming teenage experience which at the very least heightens the senses.

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