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Parents need to know that Work It is an upbeat story of teenagers finding their passion through self expression. It's an underdog tale that features a diverse group of kind-hearted teens, great dancing, good humor, and a happy ending. There's no drinking or drugs, and several of the main characters are focused on getting into good colleges. The way to do that seems to come down to a choice between studying and doing well in school or excelling in an extracurricular activity like dancing. An academic overachiever discovers herself through dance, a storyline that could downplay the benefits of learning from books. Teens flirt, and two kiss twice, while one character imagines her crush topless and then spoons with him on a mattress after making a double entendre about its "firmness." Some of the dancing could be seen as suggestive, and at one point a teen boy gets an erection while dancing. Other people notice it and comment on it. Language includes "ass," "hell," "s--t," "jeez," "God," "screw them," "damn," "goddamn," "eat me," "piss me off," "boner," and "suck." Popular YouTuber Liza Koshy co-stars.
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Families can talk about what dance means to Work It's Quinn and what she learns from the experience of starting a dance troupe. Do you have a pastime or artistic endeavor you're passionate about? What role does it play in your life?
Did Quinn need to choose between doing well in school and doing well in dance? Do you think she could have done both? Why or why not?
Many of the actors in the cast are also singers, dancers, or YouTube celebrities, and two sing songs on the film's soundtrack. Did you recognize any of them from elsewhere?
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- On DVD or streaming: August 7, 2020
- Cast: Sabrina Carpenter, Jordan Fisher, Keiynan Lonsdale
- Director: Laura Terruso
- Studio: AK Worldwide
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Friendship, High School, Misfits and Underdogs
- Character strengths: Teamwork
- Run time: 92 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: TV-14
- Last updated: August 31, 2020
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