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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie shows that groups from very different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds can band together for a common cause, as Lina combines her East L.A. cheer team with the Malibu Vista high school squad. Together they demonstrate that hard work and perseverance do pay off. Also, friendship and loyalty play a large role in the movie’s successes.
Positive Role Models
Though Lina can be hotheaded and impulsive, she is a hard worker and a kind, dedicated friend. Her friendships with her “cheer sisters,” as well as with her new stepsister Skyler, are caring and supportive.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of posturing and verbal abuse, but no actual fighting; one girl pushes another with her shoulder, pointing out, “I didn’t use my hands!”
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There’s some kissing, and sexual innuendo abounds, but there’s nothing explicit; one character, discussing his love for his car, says “At least she lets me get under the hood.” Spanish is used for some body parts: Lina suggests that her new stepdad was attracted to her mom’s tetas. Plenty of skimpy outfits with bare midriffs and booty shorts, but it is a cheerleading movie.
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While there’s very little actual profanity (one girl says “I speak bitch too!"), there are rude finger gestures and plenty of mildly offensive trash-talk, much of it racially tinged, like calling a Latina girl “jalapeno” or “Dora the Explorer.”
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the fifth installment in the Bring It On cheerleading comedy franchise covers much the same territory as its predecessors, with the sexual content toned way down. There is some mild sexual innuendo, and some naming of body parts (tetas) in Spanish. Most of the sexual messages are served up along racial and class stereotypes: The East L.A. teens are sultry, street-wise vixens, while the squeaky-clean Malibu kids are either earnest naifs or elitist snobs. But there's nothing overtly offensive, and movie's central messages of friendship, loyalty, and dedication make it a palatable, if not original, diversion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
BRING IT ON: FIGHT TO THE FINISH is predictable at best. However, the movie does keep the focus on its central themes of friendship, loyalty, and hard work without succumbing to the temptation to steep every scene in sexual innuendo, as some of its predecessors have done. The "Us vs. Them" contrast of the East. L.A. and Malibu kids is a bit heavy-handed at times, as are the racially-tinged barbs, but both serve the ultimate message that two disparate groups can find common ground and work together toward a common goal: winning the championship.
Fans of this franchise will mostly want to see it for the cheerleading, and they won't be disappointed, especially with the hip-hop and Latin-infused training scenes.
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