Work It, starring Sabrina Carpenter and To All the Boys I've Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You's Jordan Fisher, is now streaming on Netflix. It tells the story of a ragtag high school dance team led by Carpenter, whose character Quinn decides she needs to be on a dance team to up her chances of getting into Duke University. She turns to her best friend Jas (Liza Koshy) to teach her how to dance and gets Jake (Fisher) to pitch in as well.
The movie is rated TV-14, which urges parents to be cautioned about the content. We think the movie is overall pretty tame, but we've put together all the things we think you should be aware of before your kids watch.
What Parents Should Know Before Watching Work It
- Some of the dancing is sexy: The dancing in the movie spans a variety of styles, and some of it is definitely sexy. While it's not outrageously so — these are high school students, after all — some of it is sensual.
- One of the guys is shirtless: One of the male characters is shirtless in a few scenes, and while nothing untoward happens, Jas character is visibly attracted to him, so sexual feelings are implied.
- Some language: The movie is very, very light on foul language. There are only a couple of curse words in the entirety of the film, including sh*t and ass.
- Mild bullying: There is a bit of pettiness between some of the characters. In the beginning, Quinn is picked on by a few other students and the rival dance teams are somewhat unkind to each other. It's not overt, but there are negative vibes between characters.
- Some mild kissing: Two of the characters fall for each other and kiss a few times, but it doesn't progress any farther than that. There are only a few kisses in the whole movie.
- A minor character dies: A very minor character dies, but nothing graphic is shown. It's an older character in a nursing home and he just closes his eyes. The other characters make light of the death and you hear an ambulance siren in the background.
- There's discussion of a male dancer's crotch: During one of the dance competitions, one of the male dancers is visibly aroused as he's dancing and some of the other dancers call explicit attention to it. If you want to shield your kid from this scene completely, it occurs with the dance team that goes on after the TBDs at Qualifiers.
- Overall, it's a positive story about going after what you want: This movie is actually a great message of setting a goal for yourself and going after it. Quinn wanted to learn how to dance and be successful, and she worked hard at it and did exactly that.