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Bring It On

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Smart, sassy movie, but expect raunchy humor, language.
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  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

During a cheerleading contest, different brands are featured prominently throughout the gymnasium: Jansport, VanCamp's, Marshall's, Visa.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

Kirsten Dunst plays Torrance, whose whole life revolves around competitive cheerleading. She has just been elected captain of her squad, the five-time national champions, and it seems as though her senior year will be everything she dreamed of. But then one girl on the squad is out with a broken leg. And then real disaster strikes -- it turns out that their award-winning routines were stolen from another squad, African-American cheerleaders who could not afford to go to the national competitions. Torrance has to face challenges of ethics, leadership and romance to sort all of this out before nationals.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this high school movie compares with others. Is it similar to films that focus on sports competition? Or is the focus mostly on social interaction and romance?

  • How is the issue of race dealt with in Bring It On?

  • How does Torrance decide what is important to her and show determination and commitment?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 25, 2000
DVD release date:February 13, 2001
Cast:Gabrielle Union, Jesse Bradford, Kirsten Dunst
Director:Peyton Reed
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Arts and dance, Friendship, Great girl role models, High school, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:gross humor, sexual references, language

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Teen, 14 years old Written bypopstar1049 May 15, 2010
I liked this movie, because it's basicly saying don't give up, never stop trying you can do this! And it also has a good amount of humor! 5 stars!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Adult Written byShann January 16, 2012

Classic teen chick-flick

If your eleven year old daughter wants to see it, let her. There's very mild sexual references but nothing major and most tween girls absolutely love this movie. Not very deep or educational, but a good teen chick-flick.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

CHEER 4 OUR TOROS!!!

THIS IS A GOOD MOVIE FOR MATURE TWEENS AND TEENS I REALLY LUV IT ESPECIALLY ALL THE CHEERS.IT'Z A GREAT MOVIE,BUT I RECCOMENED U WATCH IT W/ YOUR KIDS FIRST

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