Work It 2020
Description: When Quinn Ackerman’s admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school…now she just needs to learn how to dance.
Laura Terruso’s “Work It” wastes no time getting to the dance floor. It opens right in the middle of the action, at a hyper-kinetic dance showcase. But the voiceover that sets the stage for this dance movie is not that of a dancer’s—at least not one yet. Quinn (Sabrina Carpenter) is your prototypical high-achieving student with a dream school or bust mentality.
It’s her best friend, Jasmine (Liza Koshy), who’s a dancer with dreams of going to the New York Dance Academy while Quinn plays the cello to seniors at an assisted living facility or heads student government so she can get into Duke University.
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One of Quinn’s many well-rounded activities is to work the lights for her school’s elite dance squad, the Thunderbirds, but her curated list of afterschool activities begins to unravel when she botches a performance, earning her first real rejection. In a comic—if overused—trope of misunderstanding, Quinn convinces her Duke admissions officer that she’s actually in the dance group that just fired her from running their lights.
With Jasmine by her side, Quinn recruits some of the skilled misfits and nontraditional dancers among her classmates to her rival group and brings in one of their school’s most famous dancing alums, Jake (Jordan Fisher), to help her prove she has what it takes to compete on the stage and get into college.
Genre: Comedy, Music