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Bring It On: Cheer or Die

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cheerleaders meet psycho killers; violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2022 91 minutes
Bring It On: Cheer or Die Movie

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Amateur Night at the Bijou

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! When I watched the first film in this series, I found it sorta' cute and at least entertaining. And now we have this... You have to ask yourself why. The once mighty Toros were once at the top of the food chain. Now, they're all broke, destitute, and cannot win a single competition against another "team." While preparing for cheerleading "finals," they all decide to have a lockdown in an abandoned school so they can "cram" a 24-hour session. Once there, they start, uh, disappearing. This reminded me of an "Amateur Night at the Bijou" attempt at a movie. All characters are your basic run-of-the-mill teenagers found in this type of movie. It isn't scary, or threatening, or entertaining, or bloody. It's simply stupid. And when the "killers" are finally introduced, I burst out laughing. I am just now learning this premiered on SyFy channel (which I get for free). Wish I would have known; I could have saved myself $4.99! Rated PG-13 for some salty language and mild violence. Not recommended.

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Bring It On: Cheer or Die is best described as cheerleading meets psycho killers, and for that reason alone it has the makings of a goofy cult classic. It has plenty of flaws, its slavish adherence to the ABCs of the teen horror genre being the biggest, plus there's an intrusive comic self-consciousness. One teen warns the group against splitting up because that's "how you get killed in horror movies."

But the performers are likable, so much so that as the final credits roll, the director shares energetic rehearsals of the cheer routines, complete with dancers and acrobats in their pandemic masks. Our overall sense of a movie is often shaped by the closing moments, and these joyous rehearsals wipe out everything that didn't work up to that point, including awkward acting, trite dialogue, and clichés about teens. Note that there's every indication a sequel is coming.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: October 8, 2022
  • Cast: Kerri Medders , Alton Wilmot , Missi Pyle
  • Director: Karen Lam
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black writers, Female writers
  • Studio: Universal
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, language, sexual material and some drug content
  • Last updated: November 14, 2023

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