Re-Viewed: Bring It On

The cast of Bring It On, at least the ones that mattered, reunited in Entertainment Weekly this month to reminisce on the teen flick that helped make them household names.

Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku and Jesse Bradford shared memories of being cast and filming, as well as their publicised off screen drama, such as being arrested in Mexico, and even took some snaps together.

Filled with nostalgia we decided to re-view the popular teen film that emblazoned its way into popular culture before the likes of ‘Mean Girls’.

Although it was released in the 2000, it was really the last in a line of great 90’s teen films that provided us with more quotes and sass than we could fit into our adolescence.

First and foremost with any great teen film is the quotability, filled with hilariously bitchy dialogue and witty retorts, the film still holds up with current times as the phrases were so original to begin with.

The storyline, while quite generic, worked well as this became the staple film for cheerleading movies, and there were enough colourful scenes to help you forget this. Remember the flashback dedicated to the sprit stick hitting the floor? The ending, which saw the rival team win, was the plot twist of all plot twists and on some rematches I still find myself shocked.

But perhaps the greatest moment of the film was not a scripted one at all, the gleeful lip-synced rendition of Hey Mickey during the closing credits makes us smile each time we see it, jealous i’m not a Toro, or Clover.

The scope of characters, while once again generic, jerk boyfriend, ghetto black girls, broody outsider, were made great by the actors. They may not be the greatest at their craft, but the worked well within their roles. Also, the smaller roles ‘Big Red’, ‘Jenelope’, prove to be some of the funniest.

What became much more apparent on this viewing, specifically since what has been brought to the forefront in society today, was the white, rich cheerleaders stealing routines from the opposing black squad. Also, it’s confusing as to why Union never became a bigger star in the day she appeared in both She’s All That and 10 Things I Hate About You around the same time as this release.

The men of the film still rate up there in eye-candy stakes, both Bradford’s ‘Cliff’ and Nathan West’s ‘Jan’ are easy on the eyes, and even better when cheering. The character Jan choosing to be a male cheerleading and friends with gay cheerleader Les, despite ridicule from his peers makes us love the character more.

A surprise hit when it first came out, the film has gone on to produce four sequels, that much like any franchise fail to capture the ingenious of the original (All Or Nothing is the only one worth sitting through), as well as TV shows, reality shows, a musical, and a perfect spoof in Not Another Teen Movie.

“Cheerleaders are just dancers who have gone retarded”, this film never tries to be anything more than what it is, a fun, fresh and totally self-aware comedy. I will never tire of watching the routines, the cheers and that teeth-brushing scene on repeat viewings and will always stop when there’s a viewing on.

Our Verdict Is: Let’s not put the “duh” in dumb! 8/10

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