I’m always slightly dubious when I see a ‘young adult’ Netflix original film land on the streaming service. I don’t think I’m being harsh when I say the quality is ‘mixed’, right? So when I sat down to watch Work It with the better-half, my expectations were very much on the low end of the cinematic spectrum.
What a delightful surprise it was then to find then that Laura Terruso’s film turned out to be a really enjoyable outing. A dance-based high school flick, it follows a swatty (and desperate) senior who creates her own dance group to try and get into the university she’s always dreamed of. The story hits the usual troupes – predominantly based around failures, succcesses and fallouts – like a finely tuned pocketwatch, but it easily carries that with enjoyable characters (a shout-out to Liza Koshy!), some impressively sequenced dance scenes and enough charm and sass to keep you interested.
What Work It really reminds me of is a B-grade Pitch Perfect. Like the successful Anna Kendrick-led trilogy, Netflix’s own follows a similar path of a ‘rag-tag’ group of performers trying to punch above their weight and out-perform the big wigs on campus, all with a quirky sensibility that makes it lighthearted, yet purposeful viewing. It doesn’t hit the same levels as the popular singing series, but with a few interesting, yet under-served supporting characters (the football guy, the goth chick, etc) and likeable leads, it would be interesting to see if Netflix made it their own Pitch Perfect franchise. If it is a one off, however, Terruso’s effort certainly lands enough enjoyable beats to make it a worthwhile watch.