Bring It On Again
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's some unsportsmanlike conduct and lots of skimpy outfits. Whittier breaks into the school pool after hours with a boy she barely knows. There's a gay male character, but the only kissing is between the main character and her boyfriend. The main characters have their integrity tested, but come through with flying colors. In other words, there's very little here to worry parents.
What's the story?
Whittier Smith is back for a second round of cheers and challenges in BRING IT ON AGAIN. Former rivals and now best friends Whittier (Anne Judson-Yager) and Monica (Faune A. Chambers) begin college and land spots on the school's championship varsity cheerleading squad. But Whittier must make a tough decision when her drive to win forces her to choose between Monica and her boyfriend, or being the next head cheerleader. In a move that would make any mom proud and any girl more confident, she quits the squad and she and Monica form their own rag-tag team outcast club members: the drama geeks, the "neo-modern ballet" dancers, and the karate kids. To keep their teams afloat, they must win Nationals. But can they beat the varsity squad and its monomaniacal head cheerleader Tina (Bree Turner)?
Is it any good?
Don't let the fact that this movie went straight to video, or the fact that stars of the successful original don't appear in this one, deter you. Bring It On Again has loveable characters, a good moral, and some good fun that will make many teen girls, well, cheer.
While the kids are in college now, the movie seems best aimed at a younger set. Whittier and her boyfriend only kiss and hug; there's little cursing, and the moral is unfailingly positive -- follow your heart and don't forget why you compete. Is this message unique? Absolutely not. But Bring It On Again is still a worthy entry into the growing girls' coming-of-age genre.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how each member deals with competition. How do they know when competition has gone too far? Does this movie paint a realistic picture of college life? How do kids deal with bullies?