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Bring It on

Kirsten Dunst , Eliza Dushku , Peyton Reed    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)

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Sunny, happy Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) is the new leader of the Toros, the cheerleading squad of Rancho Carne, an affluent San Diego high school that has lousy football players but one hell of a cheerleading team. National champions, they're the ones who bring in the bodies to the football games with their award-winning moves and sassy grace, and they're poised to take their sixth national cheer title. Torrance's new reign as cheer queen, though, is cut short when she discovers that her snotty, duplicitous forerunner was regularly stealing routines from the East Compton Clovers, the hip-hop influenced cheerleaders of a poor inner city school, and passing them off as the original work of the Toros. Scrambling to come up with a new routine for the Toros--and do the right thing by giving the Clovers their due--Torrance butts heads with the proud and understandably wary Isis (Gabrielle Union), the leader of the Clovers, who wants nothing to do with a rich blond white girl, but does want to get her squad to the championships. Problem is, only one team can take home the national title. Who's it gonna be?

An unexpected box-office hit in the late summer of 2000, Bring It On is a smart, snappy teen comedy that bristles with good cheer (literally) and lively, down-to-earth characters. The story may be fairly predictable (who's going to win the big championship?), but director Peyton Reed and screenwriter Jessica Bendinger have fleshed out their characters with formidable strength and provided them with sharp dialogue. Dunst is a radiant comedian, projecting warmth, determination, sincerity, and a sublime airheadedness, and Union is an impressive dancer and counterpart to Dunst, matching her admirably despite her limited onscreen time. An excellent young supporting cast rounds out the film, most notably Eliza Dushku (Faith of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jesse Bradford (Steven Soderbergh's King of the Hill) as siblings new to Rancho Carne, who become Torrance's best friend and potential new boyfriend, respectively. All in all, a pleasantly surprising and intelligent teen movie. Don't miss the opening sequence, a hilarious send-up of all those high school cheerleading routines you had to sit through at boring pep rallies. --Mark Englehart


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1.0 out of 5 stars Dear J. S. Mason - June 17 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I very much respect your reviews and find them full of insight. In fact, I base about ninety percent of my movie selections on your recommendations and consider you a sort of blind, architecturally-inclined, and still-alive Gene Siskel. However, in the future, I would appreciate it if you would please indicate when your reviews are based upon the *braille* edition of a product.
After reading your review of "Bring It On," I rushed right out to my local NetFlix branch to rent this film. You can imagine my surprise when instead of a lush parade of leggy cheerleaders, I found myself watching a film about the hardships of life on a 1920s Georgia chain gang. While there was an abundance of nudity and while the story of the doomed love between Warden Mitchell and Clubfoot Jim was quite moving, overall the film was just not my cup of tea.
I haven't been so disappointed by your advice since your callous review of Adrian Lyne's heartbreaking large-print adaptation of Nabokov's "Joelita."
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Format:DVD
To be fair, this cheery travesty of a movie had the potential to be several different kinds of movies.
It could have been a hilarious satire on the rah-rah spirit behind the odd concept that cheerleading is a sport in itself, and there were flashes of this at times. It could have been a serious movie about the effort and dedication it takes to become the best at something, and there were more than a few flashes of that. It could have also been a "Rocky" or "Karate Kid" type movie where the underdog fights against all odds to come out on top, and it seems that was what the filmmakers were aiming for, but they picked the wrong characters for the leads for us to root for that.
What we end up with though is mere hints of all of the above, and no follow-through on any consistent theme. The first 30 minutes of the film have several satirical gags about the cheerleaders but then insists that we take them seriously later on. I spent close to the entire movie trying to decide whether I should be rooting for the central characters or their rivals.
The acting isn't bad and the cheer routines are done well. They may even be the most entertaining part of the entire movie. There are several laughs, mostly in the first part of the movie. After that it gets dull and plodding. You never get to know any of the secondary characters at all, which wouldn't be a problem in a satire but is a problem when the movie starts taking itself seriously.
Overall, a seriously mediocre movie, and the sad part is that it had the potential to be so much better if someone would have decided what the hell they wanted to do.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I love Bring It On. I had never gotten around to watching it until I found out Eliza Dushku was in it, and I was thrilled to discover that this film delivers all kinds of great stuff, plays out on a level far above that of most "teen comedies," and (lest we not forget) features a bevy of beauties in cheerleading outfits. Personally, I think every movie should work a few cheerleaders into the script, but until that happens I have Bring It On to make the wait a little easier. I've never really been a big fan of Kirsten Dunst, but now I have figured out why: I really hadn't seen any of her movies. Dunst, as Torrance Shipman, makes a perfect head cheerleader - bright and perky, yet committed to her sport and a great human being. That's why, when she finds out that the cheers that led her Rancho Carne Toro cheerleaders to five consecutive national championships were stolen from the local inner-city East Compton Clovers squad, she is mortified. Having already learned all of their routines, her fellow cheerleaders, with the exception of the new girl in town, Missy Pantone (Eliza Dushku) don't seem to care - not until the Clovers show up at a Rancho Carne football game (if you can call what the incompetent team does out on the field football) and basically calls them out. Torrance goes to great lengths to reinvent her squad, yet her plans blow up in her face at the regional competition. Granted a spot in the nationals thanks to their previous championship, the team has three weeks to come together and "bring it" for a national championship face-off with the Clover squad. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Smart Teen Comedy!!! Jan. 27 2004
Format:DVD
This is a smart and frequently funny "teen" film in the same vein as "Sugar and Spice" and "Clueless." I recommend seeing both of those films as well. I was at the age of 32 when I first saw this for rental at my local video store and I was very reluctant...but the critical reviews were good, and Kirsten Dunst is looking incredibly sexy on the cover, so...here I am writing a glowing review for what I initially thought would be a steaming pile of lame adolescent humor with mediocre writing. The humor is a combination of wit and sexual innuendo, and the writing is...dare I say it..."exceptional?" The writing is well thought out and snappy, cerebral and sexy. I actually cared about all the characters here, and snickered at the ones that appalled me. If nothing else, (guys?) Eliza Dushku and Kirsten Dunst are both alluring and attractive, physically and intellectually. What is going on these days, anyway? The "teen-comedy" genre is now wittier and more intelligent than most adult fare? YES!!! Apparently, it is true. Give this movie a shot if you want to be pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by shla
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
So glad I bought this movie! The price was right and I used to own it, but it got lost along the way so I'm glad to have it as part of my collection once more
Published 5 months ago by Jenz
4.0 out of 5 stars A good comedy for young girls
I discovered this movie when I was like 14 years old. I really liked it. It's a fresh comedy with great dances. It's not the movie of the year, but it's enjoyable. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lysanne
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
this MOvie is so funny, if you like Kirsten Dunst and enjoy comedy, you will like this movie, the plot is also quite good for a teen movie.. one word: entertaning!
Published on June 27 2004 by J Bertand
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE BEST CHEERLEADER MOVIE EVER MADE!!!!
THIS IS THE BEST CHEERLEADER MOVIE EVER, AND IT'S ONE OF MY FAVE MOVIES NOW. I FIRST SAW THIS MOVIE AT MY BEST FRIEND KIM'S HOUSE ALSO, SAME WITH 8 MILE! Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Ashley
3.0 out of 5 stars jesse bradford
the first time i noticed jesse bradford was in "Swimfan" but i think he was hot in this too. i really like the dance routines and stuff. but its not the best teen movie.
Published on May 23 2004 by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars title says it all= BRING IT ON!
FAB! IT HAS EVERYTHING ANY TEENAGER INTO COOL DANCE ROUTINES, BITCHY + COMPETIVE PLOTS + WITTY SCENES WOULD WANT. Read more
Published on May 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring It On
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The Toro's need a new captain, and Torrance is the one to do it.Although, she's not prepared for what going to happen. Read more
Published on April 30 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy!
This film is heavy. It's just one of those fun teen movies that get you laughing. The storyline is great with excellent choreography, especially in the finals. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by J. Beeko
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring It On-DVD Version
If you love movies about cheerleaders, than I really recommend you to see this movie. "Bring It On" it is a comedy about a group
called Toros. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Fulliem
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