Bring It On: Fight to the Finish

Movie review by
Angela Tiene, Common Sense Media
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Nothing new to rah-rah about, but cheer fans will watch it.
  • PG-13
  • 2009
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

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 & representations

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

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!”

Sex

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.

Language

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.”

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJoleen J. December 29, 2017

Clearly a rip-off of Mean Girls

This film is nothing but a cheap straight to DVD rip off of Mean Girls. I mean I know that there were four similar films that preceded this but it isn't he... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytheflickchick March 29, 2011

not enough cheerleading

I personally am a cheerleader and i loved all the bring it ons (except bring it on again) but i was pretty dissapointed with this one. First of all, they spend... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysofia augustino swag May 23, 2013

swagger jagger

wowo i love it the best i wish she was my sis men we will be goin plaza.... every singl day.................................... shoping............................ Continue reading

What's the story?

When cheer squad captain Lina Cruz (Christina Milian) moves from East L.A. to affluent Malibu after her mom remarries, she struggles not only to fit into a new environment, but also to inject the lackluster cheerleading squad with a little Latin flavor. Her efforts are thwarted, of course, by an elitist rival cheerleading squad captained by the catty Avery (Rachele Brooke Smith), who just happens to be the sister of hunky love interest Evan (Cody Longo). Can she overcome the stereotypes, win the boy, whip the squad into shape, and win the championship? Of course she can.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Are they ever accurate, and if so, does it matter? How can differences be overcome?

  • What do kids face when they move to a new school?

  • What makes a family? There are several “families” portrayed in this movie: Lina considers her friends sisters while she’s faced with a new stepfamily. Do you think that's typical?

  • How does Lina struggle with staying true to her roots while attempting to fit into her new world?

Movie details

For kids who love chick flicks

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