Work It

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Sweet teen tale has great dancing; language, innuendo.

PG-13 2020 92 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 32 reviews

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age 16+

Alludes to questionable things for being rated pg

Overall the movie is fun and laidback to watch. It is quite cringy, but what dance movie isn't. There was a fair amount of swearing, mostly the word sh*t. The movie hinted at sex and had sexual innuendo's throughout. Like it was said in another comment, there was one scene where the camera was focused on an erection for far too long (no pun intended). In another, it references the elderly watching fifty shades of grey and how one older gentleman can no longer watch it due to a certain incident. There were also many spiritual elements that I feel were out of place and not needed. The main character prays to Beyonce, a side character talked about the rapture frequently, and there is a scene where they "sage the space". I found that to be very odd in this type of movie as it makes me question who this movie is directed at. There is also a strong political aspect to the film in regards to the left-wing. On a more positive note, there is a strong sense of friendship and pushing towards one's goals. The main character continues to persevere through all the hardships she faces in reaching her goal(s). As you watch the movie she finds her passion for dancing and you watch her get progressively happier. Overall, it is an okay film, but I believe it is the best fit for older teenagers and above.
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age 13+

Cheesy and inappropriate

This movie might appeal to 8-12 year olds; however, there are some WILDLY INAPPROPRIATE scenes that just should not be in there. The worst was when a guy on a rival dance team gets an erection and the team is disqualified. The camera cuts to a close up of the guy's pants and lingers for an awkward amount of time. Really Netflix? Just who are your writers? Couldn't they come up with another way to have the team disqualified? It was such an inappropriate scene for my 12-year-old daughter. I'm so fed up with this type of thing. Aside from the inappropriateness, the plot was predictable, and even my tween found the storyline cheesy. I feel like the writers probably wrote the script in a day, cynically rehashing tropes from other movies. That said, it was mildly entertaining. Mostly we enjoyed pointing out how bad it was.

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Too much sex
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