Bring It On

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Bring It On Review


There's a point about 35 minutes into Bring It On where you suddenly realize you're sitting in a movie theater, watching Bring It On, wondering exactly how the hell the events in your life conspired to put your ass in an uncomfortable movie theater seat... to watch Bring It On. But soon you give up, knowing there is no answer to this dilemma, and you resign yourself to watching the next hour of Bring It On, knowing full well that since it's a PG-13 movie, nothing scandalous is ever going to happen to make it interesting.

Going in to this movie, I knew full well it was, well, a movie about cheerleading, so I wasn't expecting another American Beauty (which, now that I think of it, was partly about cheerleading, but anyway...). Suffice it to say that my expectations were low. And sure enough, Bring It On is an utterly vapid film with horrendous character development, hackneyed dialogue, and a questionable theme. No surprise there. Essentially it is Fame in short skirts.

The story revolves around an affluent San Diego high school and its crack cheerleading squad, the Toros, which are led by a girl named Torrance (Kirsten Dunst). Torrance is picked to lead the Toros to its sixth consecutive national cheerleading championship, but tragedy strikes when she learns their routines have all been stolen from an East Compton high school troupe, the Clovers, which has moves to spare. Eventually, of course, it comes down to Toros vs. Clovers in the championships.

The bulk of the film revolves around the Toros trying to come up with their own moves and hiring a choreographer, an outcast cheerleader named Missy (Eliza Dushku) who shakes things up, and a mild romance between Torrance and Missy's brother Cliff (Jesse Bradford). While I'm not sure if Bring It On's tepid, teen-friendly raunchiness is titillating or disturbing, thank god for the pair of Dushku and Bradford, who salvage this film with their anti-school-spirit tirades and actual ability to act. (On a side note: You will rack your brain to figure out where you've seen these two actors before, so here are the answers. Dushku played Schwarzenegger's daughter in True Lies. Bradford played the geeky, youngest hacker Joey in Hackers. I also hear Dushku's on some little TV show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. -Ed.)

But Kirsten Dunst? Dunst is truly one of the best young actresses working today and this is the material she has to work with? Her character comes off as an imitation of Alyson Hannigan's "Once, at band camp..." character from American Pie. Kirsten, you should not be in movies like this.

Nearing the finale of Bring It On, I began to fear that the message of Bring It On was about how affluent white teenagers, if they have enough determination, can stomp the crap out of underfunded, inner city teenagers if they put their mind to it. Fortunately, this is not the case. Bring It On is really about how a white teenage girl, if she has enough determination, can forgo everything else in her life and just focus on cheerleading, cheerleading, cheerleading. Now there's a message.

Brought On.



Bring It On

Facts and Figures

Run time: 98 mins

In Theaters: Friday 25th August 2000

Box Office USA: $67.9M

Box Office Worldwide: $90.4M

Budget: $28M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Beacon Communications

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Fresh: 74 Rotten: 43

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Thomas A. Bliss

Starring: as Torrance Shipman, as Cliff Pantone, Huntley Ritter as Les, as Missy Pantone, as Isis, as Courtney, Nicole Bilderback as Whitney, as Darcy, as Jan, as Lava, as Jenelope, as Lafred, as Aaron, as Big Red, Rini Bell as Kasey


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