30 August 2017 | meghankiese
Let me begin by saying that I own every single Bring it On movie, and that I will not be adding this one to my collection. This is just such a disappointment... it's so obvious that the producers/directors/script writers/basically EVERYONE had no experience whatsoever in cheerleading.
I understand making things showy for entertainment purposes, but this takes things to n entirely new level. The film plays into stereotypes that cheerleaders are rude, dumb, and only care about materialistic things, while perpetuating a culture where it's embarrassing to be a cheerleader. And, seeing as I've been a cheerleader for the past 8 years, and I plan on cheering competitively in college and working with UCA full-time, I can tell you with 100% certainty that I am not ashamed to be a cheerleader.
It also appears like they're trying to pull a Pitch Perfect. As in, they said phrases with "Aca" thrown in the beginning. NO ONE says "Fem-credible", "Cheer-fection," or "Cheer-smacked" in cheer. There are no virtual "world wide cheer-offs".
Again, I understand that the purpose of any movie franchise is to entertain! But there IS a line between entertainment and ridiculousness. None of the Bring it On movies have showcased legitimate cheerleading on any level whatsoever, they only play into the stigma/overall perception of cheerleading. At least with the first four, the plots were interesting, and they choreography somewhat RESEMBLED cheerleading. Unfortunately, the later two do not.
All I ask is if you're going to make a movie where the driving plot is about a cheer team, at least have it be CHEERLEADING. No loose, horrible motions, no showy dance-like moves. Have the team succeed with amazing stunts/tumbling yet maintain tight, clean motions and adhere to actual rules/guidelines. You can't advertise it as a cheer movie and have routines be literally 20% cheer, 80% whatever the heck the choreography is.
If a movie was produced about any other sport where the film's portrayal was so far off that the sport was hardly recognizable, it wouldn't be okay. But therein lies the issue: to the general public who know nothing about cheerleading, all of the girls are catty, self-obsessed idiots who only fight with each other and start virtual wars with one another when that is not the case whatsoever.