Bring It On (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Romance, Sport


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A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships.


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22 October 2000 | Chris_Docker
5
| Flimsy stuff done rather well
This is a movie where more talent than necessary has been invested in a film basically aimed at entertainment-seeking adolescents, people interested in dance routines, and a few older men who enjoy watching young girls jump about. It follows the fortunes of an award-winning cheerleader team and the hapless football team they support.

A film about cheer leading, something that is, as far as I know, a uniquely American phenomenon, sounds pretty cheesy. The remarkable thing is that the acting and dialogue raise it a bit above the minimum required and the cheer leading dance sequences are a revelation for anyone who thought it was just about waving arms in the air and shouting support for the football team.

Gabrielle Union (10 Things I Hate About You) and Kirsten Dunst (Drop Dead Gorgeous & Virgin Suicides) were both cheerleaders at school - did this help with the authenticity? The amazing routines are quite dazzling to watch - requiring a very high level of stamina, physical fitness, athletic ability and dance technique. The overhead panning brings them almost to the level some of the old song and dance movie scenes with synchronized dancing. Synchronized dance in itself is difficult stuff, but fast paced synchronized dancing (to a great soundtrack, by the way) involving major aerial throws, difficult jive moves and lots of personality thrown in, is quite an achievement.

The film never takes itself too seriously, from the football announcer who says at the end of the match, "our next defeat is scheduled for next Tuesday", to the out-takes while the credits roll, the attitude is firmly tongue in cheek.

The script includes plenty of teenage bitching reminiscent of Clueless (adolescents often seem to show their intellectual prowess at clever, and often vicious repartee, that is all par for the course), but the acting is convincing and even the awkward issues of race and homosexuality are handled well. One cannot but help congratulate them for making a good film out of such a flimsy premise.

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Trivia

All the "Bring It On" movies minus Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack begin with a opening cheer leading dream sequence.


Quotes

Big Red: I'm sexy, I'm cute, / I'm popular to boot.
Big Red, Whitney, Courtney, Darcy, Carver, Kasey, Torrance Shipman: I'm bitchin', great hair, / The boys all love to stare, / I'm wanted, I'm hot, / I'm everything you're not, / I'm pretty, I'm cool, / I dominate this school, / Who am I? Just guess, / Guys wanna touch my ...
Big Red: ...


Goofs

When Casey is popping her zits in the mirror, you hear Darcy complain and then Casey say "okay", but her mouth is not moving


Crazy Credits

PEYTON REED wears CONVERSE tennis shoes and eats KRISPY KREME doughnuts.


Alternate Versions

Deleted Scenes include:

  • Torrance calls Carver in the hospital after she breaks her leg.
  • Darcy uses cheers to remember SAT words for a test.
  • A perverted Earth Science Teacher spies on the girls trying out for cheerleading.
  • Jan defends male cheerleaders during tryouts after Missy makes a crack about the guys.
  • Torrance flirts with Cliff in his kitchen after he catches her drinking out of his orange juice carton.
  • Torrance's parents pressure her about her college plans.
  • Torrance says bye to her family as she leaves for Florida.
  • New Pope Cheerleaders, a fundamentalist squad, stick the words "U SUCK!" using marshmellows on the Toros bus windows.
  • An extended version of the locker room scene.
  • An extended version of the scene where the stripper tries out for cheerleading.
  • An extended version of the scene where Big Red dares Torrance to drop the spirit stick in front of the whole cheerleading camp.


Soundtracks

Get Up & Dance
Written & Performed by
Mark Bryan
Courtesy of Cheerleading Music Service

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,362,105 27 August 2000

Gross USA:

$68,379,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,449,929

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