Netflix’s Film ‘Work It’ Will Have You Putting On Your Dancing Shoes
Claire Miles - August 10, 2020

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

Netflix’s original film Work It is a coming of age dance comedy that has a 100% guarantee to make you smile and make you dance. Starring Sabrina Carpenter as Quinn, a smart high school senior who has to start her own dance team to get accepted to her dream college. The dancing is fun, breathtaking, and inspiring. But there’s so much more to the film than just dancing. Work It is a straight-up good time. Director Laura Terruso wanted was for people to have fun while watching it. “I want you to want to get up and dance along with it, and as soon as it ends, you want to watch it again,” she tells EW. Carpenter had the time of her life filming the movie with costars Liza Koshy, Jordan Fisher, Keiynan Lonsdale, and the rest of the crew. “It doesn’t take itself too seriously. We’re very aware of how silly and crazy it all is. It’s definitely lighthearted in a lot of ways. I hope this movie can bring people a little sense of joy right now.” Fisher said, “I just want people to feel good. It’s supposed to make you laugh, shed a tear, and then just get up and dance.”

 

 Sabrina Carpenter visits the Young Hollywood Studio

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And you can’t have a good dance film without a bobbing collection of jams to keep you dancing in your seat! The soundtrack is full of high-energy songs like Big Freedia’s “Rent” and “When I Get Going” by Kallico. On the surface, Work It is easy and fun, but the way the movies uses dance is sweet. “Dance is a universal language,” Terruso says. “It connects us all and it really brings people together in an incredible way. It’s a way to express your identity, your culture, your individuality in this way that’s really unifying. Right now more than ever, we need unifying messages and something that’s going to bring us together when we’re all so separate and quarantined.”

 

Carpenter herself was surprised by the story’s real-world similarities. “It’s just the fact that nothing is certain and change, although it seems really scary, a lot of the times is what brings you some of the most beautiful accidents you’ll ever experience in your life,” she says. “It’s a bit of a wake-up call to take from this movie that it’s never too late and you’re never too old to start something new and to do something you really love. Life is a long time, and life is about trying things that scare you.”