A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's better to win on your own terms instead of cheating to win.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are two-dimensional representatives of typical high school cliquedom, but one of the characters, a new girl who's a gymnast-turned-cheerleader, is unafraid to be who she exactly who she is, and wants to succeed on her own terms.
Violence & Scariness
A cheerleader falls from a human pyramid and lands on her head, requiring a ambulance trip to the hospital on a stretcher. A cheerleader is shown covered in blood while her coach tells her how she did the routine wrong.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual insinuations. In a cheerleading dream sequence, a character's top falls off and the entire school sees it. Cheerleaders are shown scantily clad in the locker room. A male cheerleader makes an oral sex gesture with his mouth and hand. While male cheerleaders raise female cheerleaders into the air, one of the male cheerleaders gets his fingers close enough to a female cheerleader's vagina to make her moan in barely concealed pleasure. A male cheerleader new to college is shown waking up in his dorm room with a girl in his bed.
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Name-calling on the order of "slut," "whore," and "dick." Some profanity: "s--t," "ass," "bitchin." Homophobic slurs are thrown around: "fags," "dykes," one character asks others if someone else is "dykeadelic." Early in the film, a new student to a class is bullied by football players who cough out the word "loser" several times.
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Products & Purchases
During a cheerleading contest, different brands are featured prominently throughout the gymnasium: Jansport, VanCamp's, Marshall's, Visa.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bring It On's characters (cheerleaders in a high school, primarily) frequently swear, use vulgar hand gestures, and call each other names. Characters also use anti-gay slurs from time to time. This is a satire of high school life, but the satire might be lost on younger viewers. The film also touches on the issue of whites' appropriation of black culture. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BRING IT ON strikes just the right note, respecting Torrance's commitment and sportsmanship, but not taking any of it too seriously. The opening and closing cheers are the movie's high point, the first one mocking the cheerleader ideal and the one that accompanies the closing credits to the classic '80s song "Mickey," by Toni Basil. The issues of the white appropriation of black culture (going back at least to Elvis and Pat Boone) is an important one for kids to understand.
It is a darned shame that this smart and sassy movie has to include unnecessarily raunchy humor. Otherwise, this would be a terrific movie for kids, because it raises some important issues and it is a lot of fun.
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