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Bring It On

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sex-related material and language
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Teen to Adult
1 hr. 50 min.
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Kirsten Dunst in “Bring It On”
Featuring: Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, Nathan West
Director: Peyton Reed
Producer: Marc Abraham
Distributor: Universal Pictures
The East Compton Clovers cheerleaders in “Bring It On”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: In a contest to win the national cheerleading championships for the sixth year in a row, Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst), team captain of the San Diego Toros at Rancho Carne High School, must show her team how to beat out their rival squad, the Clovers. Clovers’ captain Isis (Gabrielle Union) is struggling to raise enough money to make it to the competition, while Torrance is facing up to the fact that her team’s cheers are not original. A comic face-off between die-hard cheerleaders, BRING IT ON has teen spunk, team spirit, and lots of girl power.

Viewer Comments
I saw this movie because we are doing cheerleading for a youth group camp, and we wanted to see cheerleading (I live in Australia, where there is not much cheerleading). I hated it!!! It wasn’t as innocent and fun as my leader had led me to believe. It was full of innuendo and connotations. I really want to keep myself pure, and if anyone is like-minded with me, this is a movie to try and keep away from. The movie is fun and all, but here, I felt the movie was really bogged down with the attitude of the girls, and how mean some of them were… It was hard to deal with. I want to be a young person who encourages and builds others up, not tears them down, and this movie has done little to help build these attitudes. My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 3]
—Michelle, age 16
“Bring It On” is a movie that may have some potential outside of the entertainment industry. As I sat in the theater with the other three people, I could almost hear the IQ points dropping from my intellect onto the pop smeared floor. Yes, it has profanity. Yes, it has sexual innuendo. But the real danger of this movie is the shear bloody minded, intellect numbing, vacuosity of it all. It might have a use though. In place of the 400 plus tedious questions in the MMPI personality evaluation tool, what a person thought of this flick could be quite revealing of their personality. That’s my commentary and I’m sticking to it. My Ratings: [3/1]
—beanfarmer, age 48
I thought “Bring It On” was an okay movie for its genre, though it could have done without all the innuendos it had. I would not recommend this movie to anyone under the age of fourteen or fifteen, and I definitely would not be okay with my two younger sisters going to see it (they are 12 and 13). If you are thinking about letting your child see it, I urge you not to. If you’re thinking it’s just a cheerleading movie, it’s not. There are topics that should not be discussed (i.e. a guy cheerleader discussing how he lets his “digits” slip whilst he’s lifting a girl). This movie lacks the tackt that other movies of its type such as “She’s All That” or “Never Been Kissed” I do not recommend this movie to someone who lacks a certain level of maturity, which should be decided upon by the parents. My Ratings: [2½/3]
—C., age 15
Me and my friends saw that movie and it totally rocked. There is nothing bad about this movie. Since Blaque is on this movie it makes it better. This is the best movie and we love it. [4½/4]
—Mandy and Christina, age 13/13
I think that some of the comments about this movie really shows that our world is now accepting. I saw this movie with my 16 year old niece and I was embarrassed to see and hear some of the things in this movie. It was way too sexual and they are trying to make homosexuality (or bi-sexuality) an okay thing. I would not recommend this movie to anyone and parents need to pay closer attention to what their children are seeing in the theatres! It’s a shame that the teens of today think this movie is great. We don’t need our children to think that just because the plot is good that these other things should be accepted. These things are not acceptable to God therefor, they should not be acceptable to us. My Ratings: [2/2½]
—Brenda, age 30
“Bring It On” is a teen movie. Adults won’t like it. The plot is good. The squad finds out that they were stealing cheers with their old captain and when the new captain comes in she changes it. It has a lot of cheerleading in it so it’s not one of those movies that’s about dance, but barely has any dance in it or anything. There was a lot of crap in it. Many fingers going up, sooooooo much language. S__, a__, and b____ continuously!!!… and a mumbled f__. And in the end they bleep out a f__. Some of the guys make a few comments that were crude. and a guys hand slips while lifting a girl in a stunt. It’s a good story, but I wouldn’t recommend it. My Ratings: [3/4]
—Kaley, age 14
I went to see this movie with a fellow cheerleader and the first five minutes freaked me out because I thought it would be a total “cheerleaders are pretty, ditzy and sexually immoral” type movie. I was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the movie. Torrance is truly dedicated to the improvement of her squad and Missy adds attitude and character as someone who finds out what it really means to be a cheerleader. I was disappointed with the sexual content and the promotion of a gay (or at least bi-sexual) cheerleader. The cheer routines were amazing… I really appreciate how they spent so much time on them. The romance aspect was really cute and surprisingly clean despite some of the other sexual content (mostly shallow… not shown as part of “true love”) The movie was hysterical and I truly could identify with it and enjoy it too. One of the better teen-age movies out there. If you cheer, go see it! My Ratings: [3/3½]
—Mara, age 17
…did not hold my attention for more than the beginning credits. I was surprised to see so many kids, under the age of 13, in the movie house. The movie should not be viewed unless the parents have already seen and ok’d the movie previously. The movie itself is one that people will differ on opinion over, but to each his own. My Ratings: [3/2]
—Godside, age 18
This movie was tons of fun! I thought it was hilarious and the cheerleading was good, too. It did have a couple of sexual insinuations, but that’s to be expected in teen age comedies these days (not that I’m condoning it). I thought this movie promoted honesty and good sportmanship, also. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants a good laugh. My Ratings: [3½/4]
—Katie Whitelaw, age 15
Of all the teeny bopper movies that are coming out, this is one of the better. While its biggest attraction may be beautiful girls in cheerleading outfits, I found it to be quite enjoyable in other ways. I thought it was very funny, all the way through. It is relatively clean by today’s standards, there is some foul language and sexual content, and many cheerleaders in underwear and risque bathing suits. The main point of the movie was obviously to flaunt these young actresses, but it was enjoyable outside of that. My Ratings: [2½/3½]
—JBA, age 14
Really enjoyed the cheerleading scenes, but the whole movie was bathed in sexual tones. It was really offensive and the plot and acting were lame. My Ratings: [2/1½]
—Don Wilson, age 44
This was a fun movie, it was full of team spirt and lots of laughs. if you are a cheerleader then you will get a kick out of this movie! It is awesome. My Ratings: [3/3½]
—Shelly, age 16
This movie Rocks! One of the best I have seen, has lots of spunk and great laughs.
—Pam, age 17
Movie Critics
…gratuitous foul language and tasteless gyrations…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…The gay gags aimed at the male squad members are overdone, and the occasional forays into raunch are misplaced…
—Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
…more than 10 “s” words and a variety of other [offensive language]…