Video Review: Missy Elliott “Work It”

Timbaland makes a call on a payphone at an airport. Bees crawl as Missy Elliott spins the record on the turntable.

She slides into an abandoned park.

The bees crawl on her face as she raps into the microphone.

In the park, she claps her hands and four male dancers join her.

She sets up a boombox at the airport. People put cell phones close to her ears as she dances.  A person hands her a glass of water.

The stylists turn their customers in the chairs as she dances into the salon. The women read their magazines. A young woman (Tweet) shows off her nails and hair.

She and her boyfriend go out to eat. He puts his glass over his eye and sees her as a Halle Berry lookalike. He faints on the floor.

She leans sideways by a car. The young man inside smooths his hair.  She and several female dancers perform a routine in the parking structure.

Images of Aaliyah and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes are on a car.

Female dancers join her in the abandoned park. A young girl (Alyson Stoner) breakdances.

Men of all nationalities stand against a wall.

She walks into a scarlet red-lit strip club and counts her money while two young women dance by the poles.

She sits on a couch as a Prince lookalike pretends to lick her. A slave smacks the mask off his master.

In black-and-white, she holds a toy Lamborghini and then swallows it whole.

A kid, with her face, sits on a stool in a classroom, wearing a red dunce cap. A soldier salutes behind an American flag.

She finishes her dance in the abandoned park.

Rating: 1/5

By 2520, women have gained power. A civil war had to break out before they could earn it. Science had been watered down and then outlawed. Payphones sprung up again after the loss of cell towers. Missy Elliott was voted as representative for her city and was trying to get the community rebuilt again.

She and several members of her team inspect a playground. It is one of the few things to survive from the past eras. A few children come to play and she says it’s okay. It’s been awhile since she’s seen children laugh and run around in the city.

She thinks of her friends, Aaliyah and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who had passed. They would’ve wanted a better world. She has to continue to push forward for them.

Director: Dave Meyers Year: 2002

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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