Bring It On: All or Nothing

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
Bring It On: All or Nothing Movie Poster Image
Older teens may find something to cheer about.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Girls are mean to each other and are poor role models; Britney learns who her real friends are and to be honest.

Violence
Sex

Britney's boyfriend pressures her for sex and has sex with another cheerleader; Winnie does stripper moves to attract a boy. In a dream sequence, Britney grabs her own breasts while cheering about her chest being real.

Language

Liberal use of the words "whore" and "slut" to describe other girls, and lots of flipping the finger.

Consumerism

Blatant product placement.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the teen girls in this movie are mean to each other and back-stab each other. Britney's boyfriend pressures her to have sex with him, and when she says she's still not ready, calls her a tease. Winnie sleeps with Britney's boyfriend because she's jealous, and Britney has a hard time adjusting to a new school. There's some profanity and rude finger gestures, as well as some race-baiting (Winnie calls the Crenshaw Heights squad "ghetto" -- but by then she's well-established as the Mean Girl of the movie). The characters learn to be honest and trust those who are trustworthy, although this lesson may be overshadowed by the bad behavior leading up to this point. There's also prominent product placement of Fritos, Teen People, Pepsi, and Cingular.

User Reviews

Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

Over-the-top commercialism, raunchy humor, and nasty language

Sexual Content (Pause): Britney grabs her chest while cheering about it being real. Brad pressures Britney for sex. Winnie does a stripper dance to seduce Brad....
Adult Written byD-DZIB April 9, 2008

I can't wait for B.I.O. 3!!!

As a cheerleader myself, I really found this movie inspirational. I think this movie teaches us about responsibility, hard work, and not to cheat. I highly rec...
Kid, 11 years old April 12, 2010

Lots of iffy stuff, but a great dancing movie

very good, lots of b...tchiness but its ok. Love the moves.
Kid, 12 years old April 10, 2010
its too much pronfanity

What's the story?

In BRING IT ON: ALL OR NOTHING, Britney (Hayden Panettiere) has it made as the cheer team captain at Pacific Vista High School. And she is, as her mother puts it, "smart, pretty, and blond." But when her father's company relocates to the decidedly un-OC Crenshaw Heights, Britney's family moves with it. That means a new school and no more cheering -- Britney even promises never to cheer again. But she can't help herself -- she has to cheer. Without it, she fears she has no identity and will have no friends at the school where everyone calls her "Barbie." When she joins the new squad and meets a new boy, how will her old friends react? And can the Crenshaw Heights Warriors beat Britney's old squad in a contest to be in pop singer Rihanna's new video?

Is it any good?

Bring It On: All or Nothing is an entertaining, if raunchy, movie that mines the teen zeitgeist for new pop cultural references. Teens will probably want to rent it, although parents may roll their eyes at the clichéd premise. The plot is staid, and the action predictable. This installment in the series steals ideas from many different movies and TV shows. Like Save the Last Dance, the white girl appropriates hip-hop moves to become part of the group and to express her creativity. Like Legally Blond, Britney proves herself to be smarter than she at first seems. Like Mean Girls, she has to deal with a Queen Bee who's desperate to be on top.

Just because it's unoriginal doesn't mean it isn't enjoyable, however. The music is fun, and the actors are lively and well cast. Despite its cheesiness, teens may like it, although there are many better movies about teen life out there. And like All You've Got, All or Nothing hooks in with a pop singer to sell that artist's work. It's a good opportunity to educate teens about the realities of advertising in their favorite programs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about following your passion. Should Britney have made that promise not to cheer again even though it's something she loves? What do you think motivated Winnie to backstab Britney and sleep with Britney's boyfriend? When you feel insecure and want others to like you, what do you do? How can you deal with those feelings? They can also talk about teen movies in general. What do teens find amusing/degrading about the characters portrayed here? Do they feel represented? What stereotypes are prevalent in the film?

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