Within the middling dance film “Work It,” now on Netflix, Quinn (Sabrina Carpenter) is a straight-A senior determined to attend her dream college, Duke. So determined, in reality, that when her faculty interviewer expresses an appreciation for dance, Quinn pretends it’s her ardour, too. To maintain up the ruse, she cobbles collectively a ragtag hip-hop troupe and begins to coach. She’s a fast learner; how arduous can or not it’s to maintain a rhythm?
This foolish, predictable setup — which hinges on an elaborate misunderstanding of how faculty admissions work — grows much less necessary because the story wears on and the dancing takes heart stage. Our stars on this regard are Quinn’s greatest buddy Jas (Liza Koshy), who heads the impromptu crew, and Jake (Jordan Fisher), a cute hotshot who turns into Quinn’s personal teacher and, inevitably, her crush. As Quinn freestyles with Jas or twirls with Jake, they discover dance flooring in improvised, out of doors areas, giving the performances a casual look. Each Koshy and Fisher are achieved skilled dancers, and the film doesn’t skimp on showcasing their presents.
Dance motion pictures, when profitable, are contagious. You wish to arise and flail out the strikes. Directed by Laura Terruso, “Work It” trades on this attract; by that includes a slipshod novice who learns to let free, it invitations us to flounder alongside.
The film additionally gives an amiable consciousness of its tropes: As Quinn’s squad preps for a grand competitors, known as Work It, she cites her analysis of dance motion pictures whereas Jas needs they might rent a “younger Channing Tatum” to choreograph. “Work It” is not any “Step Up,” however its greatest sequences contain Jake and Quinn, who share a chemistry in movement that, for a beat or two, conjures the style’s magic.
Not rated. Working time: 1 hour 33 minutes. Watch on Netflix.