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Bring It On: All or Nothing

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Older teens may find something to cheer about.
  • Review Date: August 14, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 8, 2006
DVD release date:August 8, 2006
Cast:Francia Almendarez, Hayden Panettiere, Solange Knowles-Smith
Director:Steve Rash
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some lewd gestures and sexual situations

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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. Brad and Winnie have sex offscreen. Violence (Not an Issue): Some comic violence, one serious injury (a broken arm) is briefly and lightly touched upon. Language (Pause): "S***", "slut", and "whore" is just some of the nasty language in this movie. Camille and Britney give each other the finger. Social Behavior (Pause): Girls are mean and racist, Britney learns who her real friends are. Some crude humor, diverse cast. Commercialism (Off): Lots of product placement. Popular singer Rihanna figures prominently into the plot. Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco (Pause): Some references to drugs ("Coffee's like crack to white people").
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 recommended it to my friend Zach.
Parent of a 2 and 8 year old Written bybrightonwoman February 19, 2009

This is no kids movie

I had seen the first BIO, and so thought this one might be ok to share with my son. Boy was I WRONG. He loved the dancing and athletic part of the cheerleading (as I had known he would) and thankfully most of the sexual content was over his head, but WOW based on the first one I had NOT expected it to be this bad. The story was cliche (they all are, so that's no big deal) but the cheerleading routines really took the low road by being extremely sexual and (in my opinion) vulgar. (warning, spoiler ahead...) The ongoing pressure from Britney's boyfriend to have sex with him was uncomfortable (although kudos to her for saying no!!! What a good message!) I realize that real kids face that kind of thing, but there is no reason to expose younger kids to it. That's why I say this movie is appropriate for 14+ (high school), and not before.

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