THE TORO CHEERLEADING SQUAD HAS SPIRIT, SPUNK, SASS AND A KILLER ROUTINE THAT'S SURE TO LAND THEM THE NATIONALCHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY FOR THE SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW. THE TOROS' ROAD TO TOTAL CHEER GLORY IS STOPPED SHORT WHEN TORR... more »ANCEDISCOVERS THEIR ROUTINES WERE STOLEN FROM A SQUAD ACROSS TOWN.« less
Shannon B. (brbarnes71) from POTEAU, OK Reviewed on 3/16/2009...
I am 37 yrs old, never been a cheerleader & loved this movie. Very funny!
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One of the cutest teen comedies ever made
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to laugh and enjoy yourself, I recommend Bring It On. With a superb cast, catchy lines, and a fully developed plot, this movie is great! Kirsten Dunst stars as Torrance Shipman, the ditzy but loveable high school senior who is newly elected team captain of her high school cheerleading team. But when a replacement cheerleader, Missy Pantone, walks in to the Toros' cheerleading squad (hilariously portrayed by Eliza Dushku), she shows Torrance that the team's cheers are ripped off from the East Compton Clovers, and you can believe that the Clovers are fed up with the stealing. Torrance, horrified that her cheerleading career has been a fake, makes an effort to be original, but the result is a humiliating performance at a competition. Torrance is comforted by love interest Cliff Pantone (played by hottie Jesse Bradford), Missy's REALLY cute twin brother, and a romance begins. As the movie leads up to the UCA Nationals competition, the Clovers and Toros fight for the win. Who will it be? Well you better watch it for yourself. Bring It On is a refreshing change from the immature sick sex movies (i.e. American Pie?) and it instead is fresh, bright, witty, and very funny. I recommend Bring It On to anyone. Hey, even my dad enjoyed it!"
Rah, Rah, Rah!
S. Schell | Mason, OH United States | 03/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A surprise hit whose profit substantially elapsed its $10 million budget, "Bring It On" boasted little and earned a lot. Awash with several unknown faces and a few familiar ones, it attained delighted reviews from critics and audiences alike and already has a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy (Kirsten Dunst). Who knew that a story about cheerleading would've produced such fascination among the young American populace? The bubble-gummy tale starts with the torch being passed from former captain Big Red to squeaky-clean senior Torrance Shipman (Dunst), instating the beginning of her reign as the head of her cheerleading squad at Rancho Carne High School. The very first day she is instructing the Toros, a squad member breaks half the limbs in her body and is off the team. Since she is a woman short of a Toro entourage, Torrance holds auditions to fill the vacancy and it is here that she meets tough-talking gymnast Missy Pantone (Dushku). Despite the discrepancy from fellow Toros Courtney and Whitney (great duo of airheads), Torrance decides to recruit her and tracks Missy down to her residence to convince her that being a cheerleader is a lot more than just screaming at aloof patrons from the sidelines - it's a whole different perspective. Once Missy is drafted, the Toros begin their first practice but they receive a dismayed reaction from their new member. Baffled by why she is so displeased with their routine, Torrance demands answers and Missy shows her the ugly truth - every cheer the Toros have won their championships with is stolen material. The mountain of trophies they possess really belongs to an inner-city squad called the East Compton Clovers and they are one...-off bunch of broads. Many an opportunity to be discovered has been taken from them thanks to Big Red's faithful filching and now the Clovers have a new captain - she's the most intolerant of them all. With the National Championship just around the corner, Torrance is rapt with the task of composing a completely new routine and by her college boyfriend's recommendation hires a patronizing and insulting choreographer named Sparky. Three weeks later, they are humiliated at a competition when they discover Sparky's routine has also been given to six other competing squads. Upon that debasing experience, Torrance is immediately geared for some rigorous labor and the Toros embark on the creation of a cheerleading oeuvre that they can truly call their own. This is director Peyton Reed's first major directing debut as he has done mostly TV work in his career. His few projects consist of Comedy Central's "Upright Citizens Brigade" and a string of short-lived shows. Reed may be a novice but there is considerable experience in his female-dominated cast. Kirsten Dunst is an actress who has significantly grown over the years, not only physically but also career-wise. She was impressive as the doll-like Claudia in "Interview With The Vampire" and has furthered impressed in recent flicks such as "The Virgin Suicides" and "Drop Dead Gorgeous". She is beautiful and bankable and will be around for a long time. Up and comers include the striking Eliza Dushku (an inductee of E! Online's renowned "Sizzlin' Sixteen" list), her big break as Arnold Schwarzenegger's rebellious daughter in "True Lies" and Gabrielle Union as Isis, the Clover's strong-headed captain. There is a delectable performance from Jesse Bradford as Cliff, Missy's brother and Torrance's love interest. Even Cody McMains is wickedly entertaining as Torrance's obnoxious little brother Justin. Jessica Bendinger's screenplay is surprisingly clever and mature for a movie about something as trifling as competitive cheerleading and the majority of her characters are witty and engaging. There are a lot of cute quips here and there, a good example being when an opposing team at a late night football game lifts their skirts to reveal the spiteful phrase "You suck" emblazoned on their tushes. Not one to back down, the Toros smartly retort with, "That's all right/that's okay/you're gonna pump our gas someday!" And who can forget the hilarious reference to Wanda Holloway, the Texas cheerleader-murdering mom who was immortalized in a made-for-TV movie starring Holly Hunter. On the whole, "Bring It On" is a highly enjoyable romp into the superficiality of a high school extramural and it brings out the best in every one of its players. Be prepared to "cheer" for joy on finding such an elusive gem of a film."
VERY CHEER WORTHY!!! :)
Lauren | Ohio, USA | 04/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a GREAT movie, especially for teenagers ~ but I think all ages would enjoy it! It has a little bit of everything; cheerleading, romance, comedy, etc. The story stars the talented Kirsten Dunst as newley crowned captain of the schools cheerleading squad. Everything is cool except she just found out the former captain has been ripping off another school's cheers and passing them off as theirs; and thats just the beginning of her problems!! The DVD is awesome - you can watch it three different ways: 1) regular widescreen 2) with director's commentary 3) widescreen w/trivia about the actresses, cheerleading, and little tidbits about the making of "Bring it on" all through out the movie. On top of that they have tons of deleted AND extended scenes, a never before seen car wash scene w/ Kirsten and the other cheerleaders in bikinis, the music video "As If" from Blaque and some clips of Kirsten and Eliza Dushku from the Wardrobe & Make up tests! If you thought that was a lot, they also threw in a documentary "THE MAKING OF BRING IT ON" w/ exclusive interviews from Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Gabrielle Union, Blaque and more! Only thing is I wish there was more of the group BLAQUE in the movie ~ they hardly had any speaking parts! For all you cheerleaders, you'll LOVE the cheers all the different squads perform through out the movie. Lindsay Sloane from the WB's "Grosse Pointe" has a small but great part of the former cheerleading captain who stole all the cheers~!! This is one of the nicest DVD's out there; it'll keep you amused for hours!!! A+++++++++"
IT'S JUST MEANT TO BE FUN
KATE EVANS | BRISTOL United Kingdom | 11/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was surprised that some people criticised this film for not having the most intelligent plot in the history of movie making because I think they've missed the point. This film is supposed to be FUN and in that respect it deserves five stars. As a Brit I can't really imagine what it is like to be a cheerleader but I know that even if I lived in America i could never be a cheerleader but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of a funky, funny, spirited film. The characters were meant to be slightly annoying because they were parodies of American high school culture and it's placing of such importance in cheerleading etc. I thought the characters were entertaining. I was actually inspired to see the film because it had Eliza Dushku in it because I thought she was absolutely fantastic in Buffy and I thought she was just as good in this and is an extremely talented actress with great potential. I knew that Kirsten Dunst was a talented performer and okay, this movie doesn't highlight the range of her talents but it shows how versatile she is an actress as she can pull off teen comedy as well as serious drama and vampire horror. If you like films that are funny and will lift your spirits then watch this. I saw it at the cinema and came out just wanting to dance and wishing that we could have cheerleading teams in England. It's not the best teen comedy but it is still highly enjoyable and worth it if you're a fan of Eliza Dushku or Kirsten Dunst."
Shake that....pom pom!
maddawg6986 | PA, USA | 12/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Shake that....pom pom! From the opener to the surprise end of Bring It On, you'll be laughing, hard. When I went to see this, I wasn't expecting much...but it's a great movie! Compared to recent teen junk like Boys & Girls, it's like a masterpiece. Go see it, rent it, or buy it! It's definitely worth your dime."